Design & Build of Southwest Louisiana: July - December 2022

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DESIGN & BUILD The Official Magazine of the Home Builders Association of Southwest Louisiana

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The pandemic of 2020 partnered with the natural disasters SWLA has endured over the past year has been an extremely challenging time for our area. While we saw devastation time after time, we also saw the resilience of our community and the desire to come together and build back better than ever.

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It’s no secret that the housing industry drives the economy by providing jobs, growth and advancement of all economic sectors. However, the construction industry has faced several challenges with limited access to building materials, record high material price increases, labor shortages and new housing regulations. You can trust that your local, state and national HBA organizations continue to fight for the builders and consumers while providing you with a local resource that can assist you in finding quality contractors, subcontractors and suppliers to help with your home needs and wants. Since 1958, the Home Builders Association of Southwest Louisiana has represented and served builders in Southwest Louisiana involved in residential and commercial construction, residential remodeling, land development activities and associated member businesses and professionals engaged in activities related to the building industry. It is with much pride and determination the HBA of Southwest Louisiana continues our mission of uniting and representing the building and remodeling industry to promote quality housing and providing our members with education and best practices to serve this community. We believe the Home Builders Design & Build Guide provides residents and visitors alike, a glance into the architecture, craftsmanship and design that can only be found among the strong oak trees and serene waterways of Southwest Louisiana. Whether you are looking to build the home of your dreams, looking for a reliable and trustworthy source for hurricane repairs or simply looking for new ways to refresh or remodel your existing home, we hope the Design & Build Guide is your first step for finding ideas, inspiration and trustworthy contacts. We believe you should feel confident that you’re working with someone you can trust, and that is why we make sure each contractor and remodeler member of the SWLA Home Builders Association are licensed professionals. Our members understand the importance of maintaining their licenses and utilizing continuing education to stay up-to-date with best practices to provide the best quality, service and commitment to their clients. Should you ever need additional information about building or remodeling or need a list of licensed and qualified contractors or associated service providers, please visit us online at, or call us at 337-478-7893. It is our pleasure to provide our community with the Home Builders Association of SWLA Design & Build Magazine. Krystle Blue Executive Officer Home Builders Association of Southwest Louisiana 4875 Ihles Road, Suite A, Lake Charles, LA 70605 337.478.7893 2 DESIGN & BUILD 2022

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Why Invest in a Home Standby Generator? Provided by Ready Power, LLC Your “home” is a place of comfort and security. A generator provides you with the peace of mind that your home and family are always protected from power outages. Either home or away, generators are set-up to automatically provide your home with power. In the United States, 7 out of 10 homeowners choose a Generac standby generator for their home. Most generator companies stand by their product by providing a 5-year limited warranty on all standby generators and an optional 24/7 monitoring capability. MOTHER NATURE’S WRATH Over the years, we have all seen the wrath that Mother Nature can bring down upon us. Usually it is not “If” but

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Protect Your Property from Termites and Pests Provided by J&J Exterminating Termite season is arriving, and Louisiana homeowners can expect Spring swarms beginning in April and swarming into May. Louisiana is ripe for termites again this year thanks to already heavily landscaped swamp areas and recent hurricanes. Now is the time to make sure your property is protected and that your pest control plan is in place. Most people in south Louisiana know that our climate contributes to a variety of pest control challenges, and termite services are critical for local property protection. Consider new treated attic insulation for termite and insect preparedness. Pest Control companies now offer the progressive, E.P.A. approved, “T.A.P.” or Total Acoustical Pest control insulation. T.A.P. is a permanent pest solution which also helps save money on energy costs and insulates your home against unwanted outside noises. T.A.P. is infused with boric acid that will kill all insects, including Formosan termites. It is the only pest control product with an Energy Star Rating. If your attic insulation was damaged in recent weather, it will need to be replaced to rid your home of any health risks. Properly insulating your attic can reduce your heating and cooling bills by up to 30 percent. Upgrading your existing insulation also adds value to your home. For residents who need new-construction attic insulation, consider a type that is energy-efficient AND repels bugs. T.A.P. insulation – a loose-fill insulation made of cellulose and recycled newspaper – is affordable, soundproof, energy-efficient and fire retardant. It also provides better protection against cold and heat – and insects. Pest Control companies battle a variety of pests year-round, including bed bugs, fleas, flies, mosquitoes, beetles, moths and rodents. Hot and humid summer months of June through September are particularly ripe for mosquitoes. You should consider scheduling one-time event sprays as well as ongoing maintenance-control programs.

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FEATURE ARTICLES&More 30 The Thoughtful Home

Home automation does much more than control your audio.

52 The Homebuilding Partnership

The key to building success starts with understanding your builder’s process from start to finish.

81 Make Your House a Home

There is simply nothing more enjoyable than to relax in your own well-decorated and organized home, and an interior designer can make it happen.

98 Dress Up the Outdoors

Create a beautiful outdoor area to enjoy year round.

106 On The Cover 110 Meet The Builder 116 Index of Advertisers 2019 8 DESIGN & BUILD 2022

4 Why Invest in a Home Standby Generator? 7 Protect Your Property from Termites and Pests 16 Why Invest into New Windows for My Home? 18 Build a Better Landscape 20 Four Steps to a Five-Star Deck 24 There are Great Options for Window Treatments 28 Land Surveying is Essential in Property Development 29 Capture the Look and Feel of Real Stone! 34 New Cabinet Doors...Biggest Bang for Your Remodel Dollar 38 Timeless Interiors 40 Gateway to Your Home 42 Decorative Tile Adds To The Look of Your Room 44 HVAC and Spray Foam Insulation 46 Build a Color Scheme that Flows 48 Door and Cabinet Hardware Designs 50 Home Automation is Here To Make Your Life Easier 57 The Importance of Blower Door Testing 58 Straight Talk about Big Box Store Chemicals 60 Ready, Set, Renovate! 62 Colors and Aesthetics 73 Repairing Your Drywall 74 What to Know When Purchasing LED Bulbs and Fixtures 76 Designing the Perfect Outdoor Space 78 The Benefits of a Natural Gas Standby Generator 80 What Floors Work Best For Your Home 83 Get Unmatched Service & Expertise When You Shop Local 85 Why Brick is the Best Material to Build With 88 How to Choose What Type of Door is Best for Different 90 92 94 96 99 104 105 108

Exposures? 5 Ways to Tackle Garage Clutter Garage Doors Add Value to Your Home Design Beyond Expectations! How to Choose a Front Door: Wood, Steel or Fiberglass Investing in Natural Stone Countertops Never Live Without Power Again! Decorative Hardware Fit to Your Taste The Best Choice of Furniture for You?


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Why Invest into New Windows for My Home? Provided by Resolute Window and Door Replacement One of the best upgrades you can do for your home is to upgrade your windows.Technology in today’s windows are so superior to what windows were 20, 30, and 40 years ago. There are a wide range of products in window and door replacement for every style, level, and age of home. Many homeowners find that it’s not as expensive as they thought it would be to replace their windows, and most replacement projects are minimally invasive on the home and done from the outside, without having to remove any interior trims. There are several advantages to upgrading your old windows and doors. INCREASED HOME VALUE / CURB APPEAL According to the Remodeling 2020 Cost vs. Value Report (, new vinyl windows can return homeowners over 73% of the project cost upon resale. But you don’t have to wait until you sale to enjoy the benefits of new windows while you are living in your home. There is a wide range of interior and exterior finishes to coordinate with your style and the style of your home, including multiple colors, grid options, interior finishes, etc. SECURITY AND SAFETY We come across a lot of old windows that are painted or screwed shut. Occupants are often trying to minimize air flow through the windows, or the window no longer operates correctly. In case of a fire this extremely dangerous from an egress standpoint. A new properly installed window with new technologies is going to stop all airflow, lock securely, and operate smoothly so that children or the elderly can easily open and close. REDUCED DUST AND ALLERGENS / IMPROVED HOME COMFORT With older windows airflow escaping is likely, but this also means there is airflow infiltrating your home. This infiltration brings large amounts of dust and allergens into the home that get passed around through your HVAC system. The dust and allergens get locked into your home’s ventilation system as well as in the air and on surfaces in your home. New vinyl or clad replacement windows have seals to stop air from escaping and infiltrating the home which decreases the amount of dust and allergens entering your home. New layers in the glass called Low-E366 and Argon gas help to stop heat transfer and reduces the amount of ultraviolet light entering your home. This keeps the air in your home more consistent and more comfortable NOISE REDUCTION The first thing we normally hear from our customer is how much quieter their home has become. Insulated frames and multilayer glass helps reduce the noise in your home. 16 DESIGN & BUILD 2022

IMPROVED ENERGY EFFICIENCY New windows can also reduce the wear and tear on your furnace and air conditioner helping you save money by improving your home’s energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR® certified windows help lower utility costs, protect the environment, and enhance the overall comfort of your home. LOW MAINTENANCE New replacement windows are very low maintenance. Vinyl windows are all the way through, meaning if scratched the color does not change. No future painting or caulking will be needed with a vinyl window. There are options for the grids and or blinds to be put between the glass for a zero-maintenance finish. Clad windows are similarly low maintenance, however, your real wood interior on a clad window may need re-staining or re-painting in later years. When choosing a company to upgrade your windows, you may want to go with a local, reputable, independent company that is not locked into one brand or style of windows. There are many products available to choose from and a professional replacement company can install a variety of products. Some replacement companies have carpenters and painters available too, if your application requires repairs. However, big box stores may be able to replace your windows, but if they run into any issues, they usually leave it up to you to deal with any repairs needed. When choosing a replacement window company, homeowners should look for a company who has multiple options to serve your best interests instead of just selling you a set of windows.


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Build a Better Landscape Provided by The Grounds Guys There’s a lot to consider when building a beautiful new landscape! Keep these key elements in mind when planning your new construction or landscape renovation project:

LANDSCAPE BED PREPARATION New homes are built on a pad of compacted construction dirt. These compacted soils are poorly suited for plant roots and limit healthy growth. To remedy this, loosen the soil to a depth of at least 8 inches and incorporate generous amounts of organic matter to landscape beds before installing plants.

LOUISIANA NATIVE BEDDING PLANTS Louisiana native plants evolved naturally in our climate’s heat, humidity, and high rainfall, and are well adapted to our soils and pests. Each spring and fall LSU AgCenter horticulturists unveil a list of Louisiana Super Plants which have been evaluated and selected for their superior performance in Louisiana growing conditions. These tough and beautiful plants have endured several years of university evaluations and observations ensuring they are well suited to Louisiana landscapes.

IRRIGATION (SPRINKLER) SYSTEM Despite Louisiana’s high annual rainfall, irrigation is needed to establish and maintain healthy landscape plants because of extreme hot or dry weather conditions in the summer months. Lawns typically need 1 inch of water a week. However, superficially watering the surface isn’t enough, as water evaporates. The most efficient time to water lawns is in the early morning hours from 2 a.m. until sunrise. Watering during these hours reduces evaporation loss and puts less strain on municipal water systems, while minimizing the risk of moisture-related turfgrass diseases.

SOD INSTALLATION Sodding is a common method for establishing turfgrass lawns in Louisiana and can be installed year-round depending on environmental conditions. Site preparation is important, starting with elimination of any existing vegetation. Next, aerate and loosen the soil by tilling to a depth of 4 to 6 inches, followed by removal of dead vegetation and debris. In-ground drainage and/or irrigation systems should also be installed at this time. Rake the area to remove any remaining debris and shape the surface to facilitate drainage and establish final grade. Immediately following installation, water until the sod and soil underneath are both moist. Keeping these fundamentals in mind will help ensure years of enjoyment with your new or newly renovated landscape! 18 DESIGN & BUILD 2022

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Four Steps to a Five-Star Deck Provided by Stine Home & Yard Beautiful decks can be built with a variety of features, but in many ways the hard work is in the steps you take planning your deck from start to finish before the first board is ever cut. Time spent in thinking through your project thoroughly will pay huge dividends in saving time and money. The most experienced DIYer or DIFMer (Do It For Me) will tell you that there are many ways a deck project can go wrong, and when it does it can be very costly. So, take a deep breath and spend a few minutes reviewing these simple suggestions that will make your deck project a complete success. After reviewing these steps, remember that you can always consult with the “Pros Who Know” at Stine. They are experienced folks who can advise you on the right products and proper installation and maintenance best practices. Here are the four steps that will make your deck project a sensational success.

1. PLANNING - This is arguably the most important step in any construction process. In this phase, you envision your project and answer questions related to budget, materials, contractors and timeline. Being able to get a clear picture up front will help you achieve your desired result.

2. CONSTRUCTION - If you plan to build the deck yourself, there are a lot of details you need to cover, including becoming familiar with current building codes. You’ll need to pull permits when required as well as use quality materials and build in a craftsman-like manner. There are quality materials, including the YellaWood® brand pressure treated products you may want to consider. You may prefer to hire a professional experienced in deck construction.

3. FINISHING TOUCHES - Once the boards have been laid, the real magic starts to happen as you begin customizing based on your own personal style and preferences. The options may almost seem endless when you start to choose a railing system, baluster design, post covers, post caps, lighting, etc. There are a variety of options to consider. Often these deck accessories go overlooked, but they can be the difference between a ho-hum, mediocre deck and one that will never fail to impress. If you can’t decide, there’s no need to get overwhelmed. You may consider bouncing your ideas off an expert. They could recommend the best products to complete your outdoor masterpiece.

4. MAINTENANCE - There are some decking materials that require less maintenance than others, but you want to take care of your deck if you want it looking good year-round. For pressure treated pine, applying a quality water repellent or stain, like YellaWood Protector, on an annual basis is good practice. It’s important to do your initial application shortly after the project’s completion and then once every year or two thereafter. If you want to paint or stain your deck, you need to make sure the wood is dry enough to accept the finish for best adhesion. A simple way to tell is to sprinkle drops of water on the wood. If it beads up and remains that way, then the wood is still too wet to absorb the paint or stain. When the beads of water quickly absorb into the wood and disappear, then the deck boards are dry and are ready to accept the water repellent, paint, or stain. Be sure to reapply to high traffic areas as needed. And remember, simple maintenance like sweeping the leaves off your deck regularly can go a long way to keeping your deck looking its best. 20 DESIGN & BUILD 2022

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There are Great Options for Window Treatments Provided by Budget Blinds Get inspired and surround yourself with today’s most beautiful and popular design trends for your windows. Regardless of your decorating style, it helps to understand the vast array of window treatments available and their functions, and how they help create a look that reflects your personal style. When choosing window treatments, consider the many benefits, such as privacy, light control, UV protection, energy efficiency, and child safety.

WOOD BLINDS Their clean line design works with any style room; mount them alone or pair them with drapery panels. Wood blinds add warmth, character, and dimension, while providing privacy and light control. If the look of wood is desired, but humidity is a concern, composite or faux wood blinds are a good alternative.

PLANTATION SHUTTERS Shutters may be the most timeless and versatile window coverings and always make a statement. They are like custom made furniture for your windows. They are perfect for a sunny bedroom, look crisp in a kitchen, or can add drama to a den. Also, shutters work well in either classic or modern rooms, are available in a wide assortment of colors, frames, and louver size. They can even be made to fit unusual shaped windows, such as arches, angles, and octagons. French door cutouts are available in several styles.

SHADES Shades provide the largest variety of color, style, and function. Some types are: • Roller Shades - today’s roller shades are not like your grandmother’s. Like a favorite “little black dress,” roller shades are a classic that complement any décor. Designer inspired fabrics work with any décor and look great layered with draperies. • Woven Wood Shades - made from eco-friendly organic materials. The shades add a new level of softness and natural beauty. The texture of these layered with drapery panels will create a warm, elegant look. • Solar Shades – are perfect for patios and sunrooms. They deflect the sun’s rays providing UV protection for your furnishings and help cool the room, reducing energy costs.

DRAPERIES To transform a room and create a custom look, choose custom draperies. With all the colors, textures, and patterns available, you can express your personal style. By adding embellishments and decorative hardware, you’ll have a truly custom look that’s nothing short of amazing. Many of these options can be cordless or motorized with smart home apps to create a more carefree and convenient environment for your home.

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Land Surveying is Essential in Property Development Provided by American Surveyors Land surveying has long been a rich part of our history and an important piece in the development of the United States. America’s greatest presidents and pioneers were some of our nation’s most notable land surveyors. Early land surveyors made a substantial impact on the expansion and development of our nation. Three of the four presidents on Mt. Rushmore were land surveyors before getting into politics. Theirs were often the original footsteps which surveyors for generations afterward have retraced. Today’s land surveyors continue to play an important role in the growth of our nation. The increased value of real estate in recent years has made land planning and development a necessary topic in our area. A land surveyor can protect your investment in your home. It is important to have your land surveyed before building your home. Possible encroachments on your property could be a big issue later on, when remodeling and adding square footage or fencing your yard. You will need to know exactly where your property line is, so you don’t build on your neighbor’s property. A survey will reveal the exact location of your property line.

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Capture the Look and Feel of Real Stone! Provided by Calcasieu Stone Manufactured thin veneer stone is a unique stone and rock design specifically formulated and handcrafted to capture the feel, texture, durability and beauty of natural stone. It can be used as the front of a building, fireplace, outdoor kitchen, landscaping and more! The thickness of flagstone range from 1” to 9” with the most popular size range from 1” to 3”. The flagstone is used primarily for patios, sidewalks, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, and flower bed borders.


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ne of the fastest growing trends in home planning and design has been the inclusion of technology that keeps everything in the home running smoothly and efficiently. A well-designed smart home provides comfort, security, energy savings and assisted living – all controllable from the small hand-held device that already goes with you everywhere. Even though 2021 is behind us and homeowners are trying to return to some normalcy, the idea of creating a clean and safe living environment is greater than ever. Fortunately, home automation can help with that too. Three home concepts that focus on key trends for the year ahead: healthy indoor environments; stress reduction and rejuvenation; and reflections

of consumer lifestyle research. Here’s a look at these three plans and how technology and home design can merge to meet a changing aesthetic:

THE HEALTHY FRESH HOME This type home focuses on the increased interest in indoor air quality and healthier homes through the use of proper air flow, ventilation and filtration. A home automation system can be implemented to control and monitor the products that offer air comfort in your home like thermostats, humidifiers, fans, radon monitors, CO2 detection and more. The best part? The safety and comfort of your family can be easily maintained from all your favorite devices. DESIGN & BUILD 2022 31

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New Cabinet Doors... Biggest Bang for Your Remodel Dollar Provided by Classic Doors of Louisiana LLC When you are planning your kitchen or bathroom remodel, simply changing out the cabinet doors makes the whole room look brand new. This single step offers a cost-effective makeover to create a modern or traditional look without tearing things out and starting over. If you are basically happy with the floorplan, why change a good thing if a simple change offers a refreshing transformation to your kitchen? The latest trend in cabinet doors among local designers over the past couple of years is the move toward “mitered doors.” Think of mitered doors as a picture frame around the edge of a cabinet door panel. With state-of-the-art CNC technology and specialized mitered door clamping machinery, the 45-degree joints of the frame are fused stronger than ever taking advantage of a tightfitting mortise and solid tenon constructed with extra surface area for wood glue bonding. Mitered cabinet doors that are crafted this way by qualified professionals are both durable and beautiful while displaying unique design elements for a polished look.

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When planning your mitered cabinet doors, here are few considerations:

• Abundant design choices - More decorative profile options mean more beautiful cabinets. Frame profiles can be wider and more decorative with simple beads, curves, steps, or raised details.

• Wood species – Painting or staining? Quality hardwoods make a better mitered door.

• Tight Tolerances – Mitered doors made with new technology are within 1/32” – ideal for inset door installations.

• Qualified Craftsmen – Seek help from reputable interior designers, cabinet builders, and proven cabinet door manufacturers for best results. Custom mitered cabinet doors made just for you will make your home look brand new, and won’t break your remodel budget. Open up those new cabinet doors!

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Monique delaHoussaye-Breaux Louisiana’s POSH Exclusive Interiors, an award-winning concierge firm that guides clients from concept to completion of interior and exterior designs, Monique Breaux regardless of the size or scope or budget of the project. Attention to detail and true personal interest in homeowners’ styles are hallmarks of the unique service that clients have come to appreciate from the entire POSH Exclusive Interiors team. From the moment Breaux steps into a room, the walls become a canvas, the floor becomes a stage, and the artistry begins. Considering countless design variables at once—but always with the homeowners’ dreams and lifestyles in mind—Monique creates sophisticated settings perfect for any occasion, celebration, or simply elegant everyday living. Her extensive portfolio of homes from the French Quarter to Park Avenue showcases her ability to create well-balanced, thoughtful spaces that dazzle the eye while simultaneously assuring comfortable living. Her designs are expressive, dynamic, and refined, with an air of simple elegance. That elegant style extends to her bespoke furniture line inspired by the vibrant personalities of her clients and the challenges of working in smaller urban spaces.

With degrees from Louisiana State University and the acclaimed Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, the contagious passion Breaux has for reinventing sophisticated settings has earned the attention of prominent New Yorkers and international power brokers who frequently desire turn-key service. The award-winning designer captured the attention of Architectural Digest and the Wall Street Journal for one of her Manhattan masterpieces for Trump International Realty. The 4,200-square-foot residence, in Trump Park Avenue, sold for a cool $14 million just two weeks after her design completion. Other projects for the Trump organization have included a stunning 8,000-square-foot apartment with a price tag of $35 million. Breaux’s ongoing projects for the Trumps have included working with clients worldwide. Monique’s work has been lauded by publications such as Teen Vogue, Haute Living, Hampton’s Magazine, New Orleans Magazine, and The Robb Report. Her designs were also featured in the books Visions of Design and Luxurious Interiors, and on multiple HGTV shows. “Monique’s attention to detail and unending creativity are among the best in the field. Her designs reflect her dedication to making people’s lives better and more functional. Just like Monique herself, they’re a delight!” Megan Winkler, Editor Luxurious Interior.


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Managing expectations have always been at the forefront of our firm’s client relations, however, now it has become a fulltime job; logistics managers are now vital, and it is survival of the fittest in the world of design and construction. With people spending more time in their homes than any other time in decades, potential clients have had time



Under-promise and over-deliver is the mantra of successful design firms. This mission statement along with excellent customer service ensures a client’s return, and that is the best form of flattery. This standard is what most interior design companies was built upon. The way the design world did business would drastically change for the foreseeable future.

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to evaluate their spaces and decide what was working and was not, what needs a face lift and what just needs a paintcolor change. This unexpected turn of events was the perfect opportunity for the design world to flourish, and it was all systems go---or so we thought. However, supply chains in the furniture industry were subsequently halted, and the furniture industry unfortunately found itself in serious trouble. Client orders were pouring in and could not be filled. With timeline delays, shipping issues, labor issues and covid shutdowns, it seemed like the only thing there was not a shortage of was excuses. For South Louisiana that was only the beginning; surviving a Cat 5 hurricane, and shortly after another significant hurricane, it seemed historically inconceivable. For many, remodeling and renovations became a necessity not an option. With the overwhelming issues facing the construction trade along with most other industries, now was the time to make solid design and decorating decisions that would improve the quality of life and enjoyment, as well as prove to be a wise investment.

There are countless ideas on the market to influence design directions. Trends and fads will come and go, however timeless interiors will stand the test of time and provide years of enjoyment. The pictures featured are of clients’ homes that were designed, built and appointed some time ago. Today, they are still worthy of publishing and their unique elements are still extremely relevant. Regularly updating any interior style offers a fresh perspective. I often share with clients that well-dressed spaces often allow furniture and accompanying accessories to travel from room-to-room within the home to refresh the look. Recovering a piece of furniture or creating a pillow with a designer scarf can ultimately add a level of edge to the space and update the look. Adding fresh plants and flowers are essential. Carefully selected interiors will prove to be a rewarding and worthy investment that will bring enjoyment and frame memories for years to come.

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HVAC and Spray Foam Insulation Provided by Deep South Mechanical Spray polyurethane foam insulation has become a more popular choice for home builders in the Lake Area in recent years. The potential for better air quality, increased efficiency and lower electric bills attracts the 21st century home builder more and more. Compared to the cellulose and fiberglass homes of the past and present, spray foam completely changes the game. Spray foam transforms a home of several independent systems into a single cohesive organism. No longer are appliances, attic space, plumbing and the HVAC systems separate components that succeed or fail independently, but all are interconnected. If one component is not installed and designed with spray foam in mind, then the entire homes comfort, safety and efficiency can be diminished. The HVAC system is the most critical part of the equation when considering the move to spray foam. Spray foam creates an envelope around your entire home that drastically reduces the exchange of outside air and inside air. In normal circumstances, a traditionally insulated house will have the inside air replaced by outside air every 90 minutes to three hours. However, a spray foam house will exchange the air every five to ten hours. Therefore, it is easy to understand how a spray foam home can allow for a more even temperature that requires less energy to maintain. Unfortunately, a slower exchange of air can allow for diminished air quality and humidity issues if the HVAC system is not specifically designed for foam insulation. There are two main problems that foam houses in Southwest Louisiana face that rely solely on the HVAC system to address. First and foremost are higher humidity levels. A foam house is so easy to lower the temperature fast, that a system may reach set point in a few minutes but has not run long enough to properly dehumidify the air. Therefore, one may have 70 degrees inside temperature with a humidity level of 85%. This will not be comfortable. Dehumidification is always a priority for any home, but in a home with spray foam it is essential. Secondly, stagnant air can allow for severe air quality issues. This primarily occurs in the attic. In traditional houses, the attic is outside the insulation barrier and do not “share air” with your living areas. A foam house puts the attic inside the envelope. A huge advantage of this is your attic stays nearly the same temperature as your living room and puts the heat load on the roof rather than the ceiling. Nevertheless, stagnant air in the attic can cause damage to the HVAC system and create the perfect environment for mold. 44 DESIGN & BUILD 2022

So, what does the HVAC system need to address to ensure that your foam insulation home will perform as expected? Most importantly, is that the HVAC system installed is sized properly for the volume and square footage being conditioned. There are several options concerning brand and setup suitable for a foam house. However, the minimum level of equipment would be 16 SEER two-stage equipment. The inside air handler that circulates your air throughout the home must be variable speed. This means that the blower motor can run at different speeds based on the need at any given time. Furthermore, the outside unit must have at least a two-stage compressor. This allows the outside unit to operate at full capacity when needed, but also at a lower capacity to primarily dehumidify. Even with the right equipment, a poor installation can render it ineffective. The two main components that must be present in the installation are: the inside unit must have a return specifically installed to pull air into the air handler from the attic, and there must be a supply drop of conditioned air introduced at the highest point in the attic. Both items allow for air movement in the attic which addresses the stagnant air problem. The following are other things to strongly consider when building a home with spray foam insulation: • Thermostat with humidity controls. • Dehumidifier which is often considered a non-negotiable and installed in the attic. • Introducing fresh air directly into the HVAC system to create positive pressure in your envelope. • Multiple returns throughout the home, every hallway, and every bedroom. • Gas Furnaces should be avoided. If it is necessary, a specific furnace must be installed that can be identified by two PVC pipes exiting through the roof. Not the traditional single metal 4-inch exhaust. Spray foam is the premier method of insulation and when the HVAC system is paired and installed properly, there is nothing that can compare. Overall, spray foam insulation can take a home into the 21st century.

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Build a Color Scheme that Flows Provided by South City Paint & Supply, Inc.and Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore Colour & Design Expert and Regular Guest on CityTV’s Cityline Changing colors from room to room can be a very effective way to define space, draw attention to focal points and to add personality and style to your home. Here are some tips to help you create a color scheme that transitions smoothly from room to room.

Limit your palette: A good rule of thumb is to choose 3-5 colors with a similar tonal value. Choosing paint colors from ONE collection is a great way to start. My go-to is Benjamin Moore’s Affinity Collection since all 144 colors were designed to work harmoniously. Every element counts: Your palette should include the colors of all fixed elements as well. Fixed elements are all the items and finishes that will remain in the room, like flooring, kitchen cabinets, furniture etc. Let the architecture lead: Use the architecture as your cue for changing from one color to the next. Always end and begin at a natural break, like an inside corner, a recessed ceiling or a door opening.

Accent strategically: Use walls, recessed ceilings and niches as punctuation points by adding an accent color. This allows you to bring stronger colors into the space in small doses, especially helpful when you want to add personality to an otherwise neutral space.

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Door and Cabinet Hardware Designs Provided by Browne-Stewart Company Door and cabinet hardware are available in a plethora of styles and finishes that can enhance the design in any room. If you are remodeling or building new, choose your hardware last. KNOBS OR PULLS? One preference in the kitchen is to use knobs for all doors and pulls for all drawers. For any large door such as a pantry and any pull-out door, it is more comfortable to use a pull. This is extremely helpful since drawers can get very heavy with all of our pots, pans, dishes, etc. When it comes to doors, your personal tastes should dictate what style and finish you choose, your lifestyle should play a role in determining whether knobs or levers are best for you. Knobs have a traditional appearance, and levers take on a more modern look. Levers are easier to operate than knobs. FINISHES While most homeowners will choose chrome or brushed nickel, there are numerous other finishes available to add interests. Finishes that go well with a brushed nickel or brushed stainless faucet: antique pewter, bronze (light to dark), satin brass (this one can get tricky), oil-rubbed bronze, aluminum, black matte, and rust.

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Homeowners everywhere are reaping the benefits of a professionally-installed smart home system coupled with the ability to do a lot of customization all on their own. Here are a few ways they are personalizing what happens at home. THE INTELLIGENT HOME INVESTMENT. According to the National Association of Realtors, 42% of real estate professionals note that their clients have expressed interest in smart-home devices. This interest is only bound to increase as smart technology becomes more universal among consumers. Today’s home buyers are looking for ways to incorporate home technologies that increase the long-term value of their house but also provide convenience, safety and comfort. Control4 develops smart home automation systems to control lighting, entertainment, security, energy, and other connected devices. While there are many smart products available today, it isn’t until these devices work together in orchestration, that you experience the magic of a smart home.

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he beauty of Southwest Louisiana will entice you to slow down, enjoy the scenery, and quite possibly make one of the biggest investments of your life – a new home. As prospective buyers flocked south, 2021 presented a new challenge with home inventory at its lowest in years. While frustrating for immediate relocations, this setback transformed into new opportunities for local builders to build custom homes for clients on their choice property. A new experience for most home buyers, building a home can be a daunting task. Understanding your builder’s process from start to finish and aligning each of your expectations will be key to your build success.

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It is important to remember that your builder is experienced in managing a home build from project inception to the certificate of occupancy. Rely on the builder, their staff, and consultants to guide you through the process. Understanding the overall time frame to build is important but coordinating key dates with your schedule will ensure that the build experiences has few delays as possible. Most local builds will be separated into three phases – design, preconstruction, and construction. As the homeowner, you will have certain responsibilities to fulfill in each of these stages. The design process is the most homeowner involved stage and can be the most fun…if you allow it! Starting with a residential designer or architect, you will design the home plan that works best for how you live. This may be an existing plan modification or a full custom design - either route will require that you spend time discussing your preferences with the design team and providing timely feedback on proposed designs. This will keep the design moving forward towards a complete home plan set. With the plans complete, you can begin the second part of the design phase and make selections for the home’s finishes. Builders typically have a list of vendors they will recommend for your home selections. It is important to know that these vendors are usually the best resource as they have an established relationship with your builder and should be able to accommodate your budget. If you have an option to work with an interior designer during this phase, their services will be invaluable as they help to manage the overall color 54 DESIGN & BUILD 2022

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palette and materials while keeping your budget in mind. Depending upon the builder’s process, all finishes may not need to be selected during this phase, however, understand which ones do and be certain to complete these. For those future selections, know the deadline to complete each one and schedule these into your calendar so you are not rushed to make a choice or delay construction – costing time and money. The pre-construction phase includes the home’s permitting, lot preparations, and in most communities an Architectural Review Board. While the home builder will take the lead on most of these tasks, the homeowner will have two main responsibilities. The first is to finalize and secure any financing for the build such as closing on a construction loan or the mobilization of cash to an escrow account – or both. Expect to work with your builder, bank, and an attorney to prepare these funds. The second homeowner task is to be available for a pre-construction meeting. This conference is to coordinate with the builder on the home plans, selections, and any of your special needs that may or may not be on

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the superintendent’s paperwork. This is the most important builder meeting you will have, so be certain to have this time set aside. With construction underway, your responsibilities as homeowner become more consultative. The builder has his plans, specifications, and special requests in hand and will be able to navigate the day-to-day construction of the home. While the easiest physical phase for the homeowner, it is often the most stressful as the home comes to fruition. Be certain that you and your build team have a comfortable communication plan and that any on-site progress walks are scheduled so that homeowners, builders, and appropriate trades / vendors can attend and maximize productivity. By selecting a compatible home builder, understanding their build process, and partnering to complete the build phases in a timely manner, your custom home build experience can be a success with the greatest reward…a new home.

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The Importance of Blower Door Testing Provided by Rader’s Insulation Performing a blower door test on a newly constructed project can be a crucial part of the construction process. This test determines the amount of a building envelope’s air leakage, and amount of air exchanges per hour. While not yet mandatory in all Louisiana parishes, calculating air exchange is extremely important as it factors into a building’s energy efficiency, moisture control, and healthy indoor air quality. With all moving parts in today’s building and custom home construction, request your contractor hires a certified building analyst to perform this all-important test to protect you the owner, the contractor, and insulation and mechanical subcontractors as well. This simple test quantifies your project’s performance!

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Straight Talk about Big-Box Store Chemicals Provided by Pro Pools There is probably no more frequent question asked a pool professional than the difference between the chemicals sold in pool stores and what they can get at a big box store. The question is of course way too broad for a single article, but will try to lay out the things that matter most to anyone who owns a pool. You first need to intentionally set aside the single most valuable thing offered at a pool store, it totally separates them from big box stores, which is knowledge and experience. They are always giving the kind of personal and professional service to customers that you will likely never get down at the GiantValue-Box-Store where they probably don’t employ anyone with any real understanding of the chemicals they sell. What people really want to know, is whether the chemicals that they sell at X-Mart are as good as at a professional pool store. The answer is that, well it depends. There are undeniably certain chemicals which are exactly the same, regardless of what label they carry or where they are purchased. Alkalinity increaser, which is pure Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), is a good example. Muriatic Acid is another. These are basic, common chemicals, available for many uses, which are repackaged for use in pools but in reality, are chemically identical. You would probably never know the difference. When it comes to specialty chemicals there is really no comparison. You will generally not find things like phosphate removers, stain removers or specialty algaecides to fight persistent mustard or black algae, (the gallon jug of algae 10 notwithstanding). You probably wouldn’t even know if you needed it considering the national chain retailers don’t offer water testing, so lets skip those as well. Things however, can get complicated when we start comparing chlorine. There are so many different chlorine products on the market and they are all different. The basic chlorine question can be boiled down into two categories. The first is the question of overall value (assuming a direct, apples to apples comparison). This will be addressed later in this article.

Without getting overly technical, Calcium-Hypochlorite is chlorine bound onto calcium chloride. When the chlorine has dissipated, the residual is calcium, which is beneficial to your pool. But there is another product commonly sold as shock, which is not so beneficial. More and more, we find people having serious issues with their pool after just a couple buckets of Tri-chlor or Di-chlor granules. It is sold using some fuzzy language. Sometimes it is sold as shock, other times it is just sold as granular chlorine, which the pool owner thinks is shock. The problem with this product is that instead of a PH of 10 found in Cal-Hypo, it has a PH closer to 5. This can cause highly acidic pool water which can seriously damage your heater in a single season. Even more significantly, the residual compound in Tri-chlor and Di-chlor is cyanuric acid, a chemical that is helpful in small amounts but can quickly build up and will dramatically suppress the effect of chlorine. High cyanuric acid levels can reduce the effectiveness of your chlorine by a factor of ten, resulting in the need run chlorine well above safe levels just to suppress an algae bloom. Buyer beware. Big buckets with flashy labels can be deceiving. It is important to read the labels carefully, talk to a professional, and know what you are buying to avoid these dangerous and expensive pitfalls. Working with pool store chemical suppliers, you will be pleased to know that some have just introduced the first highly effective Calcium Hypochlorite tablet feeder. This is a solution to a problem which has nagged the industry for years. A great deal goes into identifying risks and bringing new technologies onto the market to resolve such issues. When it comes to a head to head comparison, professional pool stores are better at what they do than the big box stores. They build safety, beauty and value into everything they do.

The second category is appropriateness of the product. This is even a more significant question because here, we have to define the apple. The chlorine molecule can be delivered a number of different ways using different chemical compositions. There seems to have been a little “bait and switch” going on by national retailers when it comes to chlorine shock. Different chlorine compounds have a different use, and each has their own set of pros and cons. The big difference is the PH of the product, but even more so is the chemical residual left over after it has dissolved. 58 DESIGN & BUILD 2022

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Ready, Set, Renovate! 4 Ways to Optimize the Value of Your Home Improvement Remodel Provided by Coburn Supply Company Each new year always brings the desire to start fresh. Sometimes, that means a simple spring refresh for a part of our home. Other times, it involves transforming a new house into a place all your own. Regardless of where you fall, making the most of your home improvement project is essential — for both your satisfaction and your investment. With building material costs on the rise and labor shortages, this isn’t always easy to do. According to Houzz, an online home design platform, the average kitchen remodel can cost as much as $28,698 in Lake Charles and surrounding areas. And that’s just the kitchen. Such a steep investment is enough to make your palms sweat. Are we allocating enough funds here? Are we penny pinching too much there? Are we overlooking something completely? Will I see the return on this investment in the long-run? These are all questions that will cross your mind. To help you address them, here are a few focus points to keep in mind during your renovation.

1. FOCUS ON THE KITCHEN Kitchen remodels are proven to be one of the most valuable home updates in terms of dollar-for-dollar return on investment. As such, it’s crucial to prioritize any areas for improvement in this space, especially if you’d like to see a sizable increase in your home’s value. Several key areas that people often consider for remodeling include cabinets, lighting and countertops, with new countertops adding significant value for many homebuyers. For upgrading older linoleum countertops, consider engineered quartz over natural stone. In Monroe and surrounding areas, quartz countertops are gaining steam in remodel projects and new construction. Due to lacking a porous surface, quartz requires less maintenance and is more durable than natural stone options and often comes with more extended warranties than its natural counterparts.

2. CHOOSE THE RIGHT APPLIANCES Upgrading your appliances can make a substantial visual impact on your kitchen remodel. According to Houzz, refrigerators and dishwashers are at the top of the list for home upgrades in 2021, with stainless steel remaining the favorite finish. It’s both clean and durable while still allowing for bolder looks with mixed metal pairings and black stainless options available. If your budget allows, consider also incorporating appliances that offer technology upgrades to make your home 60 DESIGN & BUILD 2022

future-friendly. From wireless controls to built-in speakers, today’s high-tech appliances can transform your cooking experience and make everyday kitchen activities seamless.

3. OPTIMIZE YOUR SPACE FOR ACCESSIBILITY Living in the moment is a great mindset for your dinner out or that family road trip, but it’s definitely not the best strategy for a significant remodel. Hinging too much of your budget on current fads sets a short timer on how long your remodel will remain in vogue. Instead, opt for a long-lasting style with upgrades that get better with time. Also, consider elements of your kitchen that could be adjusted to accommodate anyone of any age. Often overlooked changes, like lowering kitchen countertops and widening walkways, can transform your home into a space that continues to welcome you or aging loved ones well into your later years — and can add value as the buying population skews older.

4. GET PROFESSIONAL INSIGHT With most of a renovation’s budget being funneled into obtaining the best materials and appliances, little is usually left over for getting the expertise of a professional. It’s better to reduce the scope of your project to engage professionals first than to penny-pinch for DIY results. However much money you’re planning to pour into your project, remember: No matter how high the quality of your materials or appliances, if they’re not installed properly, this shortcut could cost you significantly in the long run. Don’t skimp—it’ll save you in the end.

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Colors and Aesthetics Provided by Mike Baker Brick Choosing the brick for your new home can be a daunting task for some but bear in mind that there are no rules for choosing brick colors or styles. The only thing that matters is that YOU are happy with what you see. Do you like to be noticed? Painting areas of your home is always an option to catch the eye but for those who do not like the maintenance involved with painting brick, using a different brick pattern in specific areas can enhance the home’s overall appearance. The Herringbone pattern is a great choice if you have an area such as an inset wall that you would like to be distinctive. The differentiation in the pattern from your wall to your inset wall will allow the colors in your brick to be seen at a different angle, therefore richening the colors. Mortar colors and application both play major roles in the aesthetics of your brick. Lighter color mortars against darker color brick palettes will allow the colors to stand out more so if you are trying to showcase the colors in your brick, a lighter color mortar is usually the way to go. Wider mortar joints will also accomplish this objective. If you want more of an overall muted brick color, you can ‘sack’ the brick with mortar (applying a wet mortar slurry to the brick wall) to the degree of your liking and this will tone down the richness of the colors. 62 DESIGN & BUILD 2022

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We maintain the highest industry standards and we hold an American Land and Title (ALTA) Best Practices Certification.

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Genesis Construction Contact: Tony Lacomb Phone: (337) 905-3889 Email:


With 34 years of high-quality construction experience, Genesis Construction will not disappoint. Genesis is absolutely dependable; you can hire them with confidence. Tony and Molly take special pride in their kind and personable customer relationships. You will not feel uncomfortable when you contact them…they will not swamp you with complicated “construction talk”. You will be delighted to find that talking with Genesis is more like discussing the job possibilities with family. They will make your project a “fun” and exciting experience from beginning to end! Focusing on high quality work and an impeccable eye for detail, owner operator Tony Lacomb will impress you with his personality as well as his job results. Genesis specializes in home remodels, additions to your home, and various other home improvement jobs. Give Genesis Construction a call to schedule your appointment.

POSH Exclusive Interiors


Phone: (337) 261-3344 Address: 207 Energy Parkway Lafayette, LA 70506 Website:

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An award-winning design firm that guides clients from concept to completion of interior and exterior designs, no matter the size or scope of the project. The firm’s projects include stately country homes, Manhattan high-rise condos, yachts, jets, motor coaches and everything in between. Attention to detail and true personal interest in homeowners’ styles are hallmarks of the unique service that clients have come to appreciate from the entire POSH team. Monique Breaux, principal designer, creates elegant interiors for each client based on their individual design preference, lifestyle and budget. Many aspects are custom designed specifically for the client in house. This includes all draperies and window treatments, wall surface finishes, custom furniture designed by Monique and manufactured in the US, exclusive lighting, floral designs, accessories, closet styling, and custom linens and bedding. POSH caters its own specialized menu of services to fit the needs of each client regardless of the project size, budget or scope of work.


Coordinating the Construction Process GENERAL CONSTRUCTION PROCESS


• Builder interviews ____________________ • Budget and financing ____________________ • Some of the things you need to find out from your builder ... • Schedules for permit status with city and plantation design review and approval procedures including: • House design and colors ____________________ • Homesite and landscape plan ____________________ • House stake out and approval ____________________ • Target start date ____________________ • Inspection visits to the site by you for quality reviews ____________________ • Payment and final inspection ____________________ • Punch List ____________________ • Target delivery date ____________________ • Notice and approval procedure for all schedule setbacks and budget increases ____________________ • Selections needed before construction advances much beyond framing: • Doors, Door hardware, Windows ____________________ • Cabinets, Cabinet hardware, Counter tops ____________________ • Flooring, Wall Treatments • Siding, Roofing Material and Colors, Trim Colors ____________________ • Ceiling Treatments and Ceiling Fans ____________________ • Electrical Outlets, Cable, Telephone, Lighting Design ____________________ • Appliances ____________________ • Built-ins and Mouldings ____________________ • Sinks, Tubs, Showers, Fixtures ____________________ • Security System, Audio Video Systems ____________________ • Fireplaces, Outdoor Equipment, Pools and Landscaping ____________________



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HOME PLANNING GUIDE Desired community


Desired view or amenity proximity


Oceanfront, near beach, intracoastal, lagoon, golf, wooded, community pool, tennis ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

INTERIOR Bedrooms ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Bathrooms & Appointments _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Kitchen ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Eat in, special cabinets, appliance preferences ________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Dining area or eating areas ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Living room __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dining room _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Entertainment center_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Exercise room ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Guest quarters _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Wine cellar ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Sunroom (Carolina Room) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Home Office __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Porches ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Special work areas __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Shop, laundry, potting shed, office, photography, computer _____________________________________________________________________ Audio video - home technology systems - theater room __________________________________________________________________________________ Storage ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ closets, garage, attic, shelves, rods, shoe built-ins ____________________________________________________________________________________ Heating and Air Condition System ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ gas, electric, number of systems, security system ____________________________________________________________________________________

EXTERIOR Decks, patios, driveways, garages, walks, fences, lighting, pools, hot tubs, fish or decorative ponds or fountains, gardens, courtyards, gazebo _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



Monthly taxes, regime fees, utilities, insurance _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Amount for down payment ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Mortgage amount __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Interest rate __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Estimated rate _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Estimated mortgage payment ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Total of above ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 66 DESIGN & BUILD 2022

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Appliances Architect/Residential Designer Architectural Millwork Builder Building Supplier Cabinetry/Countertops Cast Stone Manufacturers Developer/Real Estate Electrician/Lighting Design Elevators Exterminator Fireplaces Floors & Installation Garage Door Systems Garage Storage & Coatings Gas Grills/Outdoor Furniture Gates & Fences Granite & Marble Gutters & Metal Fabrication Hardscapes & Outdoor Fixtures & Gardens Hardware (Decorative) Heating/AC Home Technology/Audio Video Home Insurance Interior Design & Decorating Landscaping, Design & Maintenance Mortgage Bankers Pavers Plant Rentals & Sales Plumbing Fixtures - Tubs, Sinks, Etc. Pools & Spas Remodeler Roofing Staircases Security Home Protection System Solid Surface Restoration Storage Systems - Closets, Built-ins, etc. Stucco Contractors & Suppliers Telephones/Broadband Utilities Warranties - Home Windows & Doors Window & Wall Coverings DESIGN & BUILD 2022 67

REMODELING EVALUATION GUIDE HEATING SYSTEM Age, condition and operation of system ________________________________________________ Adequacy and accuracy of thermostats ________________________________________________ Adequacy of heating room by room ________________________________________________ COOLING SYSTEM Age, condition and operation of system ________________________________________________ Adequacy and accuracy of thermostats ________________________________________________ Adequacy of cooling room by room ________________________________________________ ELECTRICAL & HOME AUTOMATION Home Entertainment ________________________________________________ Number of placements of switches, outlets, ceiling fans, exhaust fans, light fixtures inside and out ________________________________________________ Security system ________________________________________________ PLUMBING Condition and adequacy _________________________________________ Water heater _________________________________________________________ Toilets _________________________________________________________________ Sinks/fixtures _________________________________________________________ Tubs/showers ________________________________________________________ Pipes/drains/ main shut-off _______________________________________ Sewer or septic_______________________________________________________ COOKTOP/APPLIANCES (check all controls) Range __________________________________________________________________ Oven ___________________________________________________________________ Dishwasher (run full cycle) ________________________________________ Refrigerator __________________________________________________________ Freezer ________________________________________________________________ Disposal _______________________________________________________________ Washing machine ___________________________________________________ Dryer ___________________________________________________________________ Trash Compactor ___________________________________________________ Other ___________________________________________________________________ 68 DESIGN & BUILD 2022

WALLS, CEILINGS AND FLOORS Overall condition ____________________________________________________ Water stains ___________________________________________________________ Cracks/holes __________________________________________________________ Settlement ____________________________________________________________ Decay ___________________________________________________________________ STORAGE SPACES Attic access ___________________________________________________________ Attic/flooring/lighting _______________________________________________ Closets __________________________________________________________________ KITCHEN Cabinets/pulls/catches _____________________________________________ Countertops __________________________________________________________ Floor ____________________________________________________________________ Lighting_________________________________________________________________ Outlets _________________________________________________________________ Ventilation _____________________________________________________________ BATHROOMS Flooring (check around tubs, showers & toilets)_______________ ____________________________________________________________________________

Shower and tubs (check controls) _______________________________ Tile ______________________________________________________________________ Lighting ________________________________________________________________ Vent fans _______________________________________________________________ GARAGE & BONUS ROOMS Doors ___________________________________________________________________ Walls/ceilings/floors _________________________________________________ Lighting ________________________________________________________________ EXTERIOR Roof _____________________________________________________________________ Siding ___________________________________________________________________ Windows/doors _______________________________________________________ Steps ____________________________________________________________________ Decks/porches ________________________________________________________ Pool (pump, heater, filters, timers, lighting, lining condition, valves condition) _____________________________________________________ Hot tub (same items as above) ___________________________________ Sprinkler _______________________________________________________________ Landscaping __________________________________________________________ Drives, walks, fences, gates, lighting _____________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________

Bryan Galley Builders, Inc.


Contact: Bryan Galley Phone: (337) 478-4409 Address: 4825 Ihles Road, Lake Charles, LA 70605 Email: Bryan Galley Builders (BGB) incorporated in 1991 and has served the lake area in custom residential construction ever since. Bryan is a past president of the SWLA Home Builder’s Association and has been privileged to work with top architects and master craftsmen in the region over the last 30 years. BGB develops strong relationships with customers and commits to excellence in every new build. BGB homes are known for thoughtful designs and details that stand the test of time. It’s an honor to build homes our customers will enjoy through many seasons of life. Our work is personal, and we guarantee it.

Fender Homes Inc.

AWARDS/ AFFILIATIONS • 2 Time Builder of the Year SWLA • AFI Certified Builder • Southwest LA HBA Current & Past President • HBA State Legislative & Pack Committee

Contact: Wayne Fender Phone: (337) 302-1244 (337) 480-1240 Email: Wayne and Pam established Fender Homes in 1999, serving the Southwest Louisiana area. We have built and designed projects, large and small, believing that the size of budget should never dictate quality of workmanship and final product. Spec and custom homes, mother-in-law quarters, additions and investment property building is all a part of our family business. Our son Caleb recently joined Fender Homes after graduating from McNeese, We look forward to serving your building needs in the future.


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LaRocque Homes


Contact: Kyle LaRocque Phone: (337) 905-0601 Address: 824 Sam Houston Jones Pkwy Lake Charles, LA 70611 Email: Website:

Brothers, Kyle and Brennan LaRocque, have been working together in the home building industry for a combined 20 years. Born and raised in Lake Charles, they take pride in helping residents of the Lake Area turn their dreams into reality. At LaRocque Homes we don’t want to just build you a house, we want to build you a home. We believe your home is a place to build cherished memories with your family and friends, so each home is uniquely crafted specifically with the client in mind. We believe that Integrity in Building is the cornerstone of our foundation, and everything we do will be Honest and Transparent. We relentlessly pursue excellence in building materials, craftsmanship, and process and maintain that communication is one of the most important keys to a successful project.


• 2021 People’s Choice of SWLA Best Home Builder • 2021 People’s Choice of SWLA Best Contractor • 2022 St. Jude Dream Home Builder

• Member LHBA

• NAHB Certified Graduate Remodeler • NAHB Certified CAPS • Licensed Residential and Commercial

Michael J. Dupin Construction

Contact: Michael J. Dupin Phone: (337) 476-5192 Address: 212 South Cities Service Hwy. Sulphur, LA 70663 Email: Since 2003, you have deserved our level of craftsmanship excellence. At Michael J. Dupin Construction, we know that exceptional properties require exceptional service and craftsmanship. Our team prides themselves on completing your building or remodeling project to exceed your expectations. Big or small projects, we do it all. Give us a call to discuss your next construction or remodeling project.


• Home Builders Association of SW Louisiana • Licensed Commercial & Residential in Louisiana CURRENT/PAST PROJECTS • A.I.A. • Pelican Patio Homes at the National •O pen Door Church, Ragley LA • Builder of the First Design & Build Golf Course, Westlake LA • Matt Graham Allstate Cover Home • Graywood Subdivision Custom Homes • L ake Charles Diocese Religious Sisters • NAHB • Biscotti Subdivision, Sulphur LA of Mercy • LHBA • Ragley Custom Homes • Great Harvest Bread Company 70 DESIGN & BUILD 2022

Picou Builders

Bon Temps Pools & Outdoor Living LLC

Contact: Brandon Picou Phone: (337) 304-5577 Email: Bon Temps Pools & Outdoor Living is the newest swimming pool contractor in the Lake Charles area. Although the company is new, our team encompasses over 8 years of pool building experience. We specialize in state-of-the-art pools and outdoor kitchens. We enjoy designing and building some of the most extravagant and grand outdoor living spaces the Lake area has ever seen.


Contact: Brandon Picou Phone: (337) 304-5577 Email: Picou Builders & Construction LLC is a relatively new construction company that was established in 2016. We pride ourselves on the use of state-of-theart technology and the constant pursuit of turning our customer’s dreams into reality. Picou Builders specializes in residential remodels, commercial projects, custom homes, steel shops and accessory buildings.

Robbins Contracting

Contact: Ken Robbins Phone: (337) 855-1200 Address: 120 Old Hwy. 171 Lake Charles, LA 70611 Email: Robbins Contracting is a local homebuilder serving the “Lake Area” and surrounding areas for the past 29 years. Custom and spec homes are our specialty. We help guide the customer through the design, selection and construction phases, ensuring that the process is an enjoyable one.


• HBA of SW Board & Director since 1990 • LHBA Director • NHBA Member • HBA 2010 Builder of the Year • ASI Preferred Builder Accreditation

CURRENT PROJECTS • Courtyards of Moss Bluff • Custom homes in and around Lake Charles area

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S Farquhar Construction


Contact: Justin Stark Phone: (337) 292-5509 Email: Website: Farquhar Construction builds custom homes with great attention to detail. We also build custom cabinetry. We are dedicated to build homes that are elegant, efficient, and innovative. We work closely with our clients through every step of the building process. Our company has 38 years of combined experience.

CURRENT PROJECTS • Graywood • Southridge Estates • Chosen Valley • Terre Saint Subdivision

Still Signature Homes

Contact: Darren Still Phone: (337) 496-5131 Address: 817 McKinley Street Westlake, LA 70669 Email:

Still Signature Homes, Inc. AFFILIATIONS

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With most home builders, you get what you pay for. With Still Signature Homes, you get more than you pay for. We guarantee quality and take on the additional cost of ensuring your home is efficient, strong and beautiful far into the future. Darren Still is an experienced home builder with a passion for architecture and design. He knows that the most enduring homes are those built with thoughtful consideration and the latest in building technology. Each and every home built under his leadership is more than a sturdy and timeless building, its a commitment to elevating the home building industry. Darren has both his residential and commercial general contractors licenses. Darren knows quality when he sees it and doesn’t settle for anything less. He has been in the home building industry for over 25 years and holds a university degree, graduating cum laude with honors. He has worked as a site superintendent, project manager, director of operations and vice president of operations for major home builders in North America.


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Repairing Your Drywall Provided by Diamond Drywall

REPAIR DRYWALL Many people think of drywall installs when building a home but repairs are needed at certain times too. Having a pro repair these damages or when repairs are needed can save you time and money. STORM REPAIRS Living close to the gulf many walls and homes are subject to the elements of hurricanes and storms. Drywall repairs should be done by a professional and one who has experience. This can not only help protect you and your family but also save you time and money!

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What to Know When Purchasing LED Bulbs and Fixtures Provided by Teche Electric Supply LED bulbs are available in different kelvin temperatures, the Kelvin temperature can change the look of a room. For the areas in your home that are meant for relaxing and you don’t need the spot light on you (living and bed rooms)you may want a warm or soft white light 2700k to 3000k. When you need to be able to see the difference between your black and blue shoes, sorting laundry, (closets, utility room, work shop and garage) you may want to use cool to bright white 3500k to 4100k. To determine what wattage you need use the LED conversion from incandescent to LED wattage on the bulb

packaging. If your fixture recommends a 60 watt incandescent bulb then you would need a 6-8 watt LED bulb. If you are converting from incandescent to LED and you have a dimmer switch, you will need to convert your current dimmer to a LED dimmer. Incandescent dimmers are meant to dim the higher wattage incandescent bulbs and are not capable to dim the lower wattage LED bulbs. If you have any questions or find yourself needing help, let an Electric Supply & Lighting specialist assists you.

Lighting sets the mood and tone for your room; Transform your space into something extaordinary.

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Designing the Perfect Outdoor Space Provided by Sabine Pools, Spas & Furniture In South Louisiana, we’re blessed to enjoy backyard living almost year-round. Not so long ago, outdoor options centered around “pool furniture” – aluminum and plastic chairs & loungers and glass top tables. Today, the category includes luxe dining and living room furniture that rivals the best offerings for indoor spaces – pool optional. Outdoor living spaces are comfortable and inviting for both quiet relaxing time and for big family gatherings.

TYPES OF OUTDOOR FURNITURE. Enhancing outdoor living space is the best way to add seating for meals and entertaining. The size of your space and your intended use will set the stage for the type of furniture you want on the patio. Design one main space or multiple vignette-type spaces. • Dining. How many would you like to seat? Does the space dictate a round, oblong, or square table? What dimensions work after allowing 3 feet around the table for dining chair movement? Do you prefer table height, counter height, or bar height seating? • Deep Seating. Here’s the ahhh in the drama of backyard living. Sofas and chairs with big, comfy deep cushions in fabric choices as varied as you can imagine. Choose neutral fabrics or bright colors or patterns to achieve the design aesthetic you want. Measure the space and decide on how to best fit sofas, loveseats, gliders, swivel rockers – even recliners! Add end tables and a coffee table and voila! your outdoor space is now as inviting as the rest of your home. • Chat & Firepit. The options are endless for gathering around a firepit. Group 2 or 4 Adirondack chairs or deep seating swivel rockers around a square or round firepit OR enjoy a gas firepit built into your dining or coffee table. Creating a separate space for the firepit, away from the main patio, is an excellent way to add seating for intimate events or big gatherings. • Chase & Other Furniture. Add chaise lounges by the pool (or IN the pool) and other furniture pieces to enhance your space. Chill out in a hammock or add a rolling cast aluminum bar cart to up your entertaining game.

FINISHING TOUCHES. The finishing touches are what perfects the design of your outdoor living space, just as accessories complete your interior design.. • Lighting. Look up. Got lights? Proper lighting sets the tone of your space. • Rugs. Look down. A perfectly sized rug sets the stage in outdoor spaces the same as indoors. • Décor. Look around. Add a patio umbrella to seating areas not under cover for shade and a pop of color. Personalize your patio with plants, décor, and a little bit of whimsy (and very likely a big TV for following your favorite team!) Where do you start when you’re ready to dive in to creating your perfect backyard living space? Take measurements & pictures and then visit a Patio Furniture Showroom to take advantage of complimentary design services. Sit in the chairs, feel the fabrics, choose your style and frame colors. Start with a little planning, add in your style and personality, and the result is an extension of your living and entertaining space – The Best in Backyard Living! 76 DESIGN & BUILD 2022

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The Benefits of a Natural Gas Standby Generator The Benefits of a Natural Gas Standby Generator

Provided by CenterPoint Energy

With a total of 31 tropical and subtropical depressions, 30 named storms, and 13 hurricanes — six of which were considered

major — the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has been the most active in history. Of the 30 named storms this season, 12 made landfall in the United States, breaking the record of nine set in 1916. Louisiana residents know all too well that five of those storms made landfall in their state. Once a storm passes, electric utility employees mobilize around the clock to restore power. But repairing and restarting a power grid can take days or even weeks. This loss of power can create significant issues, including:

Air conditioning • Extreme high temperatures inside the home • Development of mold and mildew

Electronics • No electricity to charge phones or power radios or TVs • No computer or internet access • Loss of revenue for those who work from home

The benefits of investing in a natural gas generator include: 24/7 protection Natural gas standby generators automatically turn on when you have an outage and off when your power is restored whether you are home or not.

Ample power The generating capacity of a standby generator is measured in Kilowatts (KW). The higher the KW rating, the more power a generator can provide a home or business. Natural gas standby generators feature significantly higher KW ratings than portable gasoline generators, so they can power your entire home, including the air conditioner.

Steady voltage

• Home accidents and bodily injuries

Natural gas standby generators provide a consistent, steady voltage that protects sensitive appliances and home electronics such as computers, televisions, and gaming systems.

Medical needs

Hassle-free fuel


• No refrigeration for medicines • Power assisted medical devices not charged • Respiratory difficulties

Refrigerator/freezer • Added cost to replace spoiled food

Security • No contact with home security monitoring service • Less protection of family members • Home appears abandoned For customers who face these issues, a natural gas standby generator can be a smart investment in their comfort and peace of mind. Natural gas standby generators are a reliable, safe, and convenient source of standby power when storms, tree limbs, or planned line maintenance causes a power outage.

Natural gas standby generators use the same natural gas that serves your home. The fuel is connected directly to the generator and typically cost less than propane and much less than gasoline for emergency generation. Because natural gas lines are buried underground, they are less susceptible to damage from severe weather, so there is no need to stock up before or look for fuel after a storm.

Improved safety The American Red Cross recommends permanently installed standby generators as a safer way to provide backup power to a home than a portable generator. Plus, they avoid the need to attach long extension cords throughout the home, which can create tripping and electrical shock hazards.

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Heating water costs less with natural gas Energy-efficient natural gas water heaters provide a safe and reliable supply of hot water so you can save on your energy bills without giving up warm bubble baths. • Operating costs for natural gas water heaters are typically about 50% lower than electric models

Pay Less for a Splash Time

• Faster recovery means more hot water when you need it most • Carbon emissions for natural gas water heaters are about a third less than electric water heaters. Learn about the comfort and savings of natural gas.

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KENNY FUSELIER & CO. Fine Flooring Since 1988

Call Lucy Fuselier for your window and flooring needs.

“Walk On Our Reputation” 337.478.6700 3019 Kirkman Street, Lake Charles • Monday - Friday 8-5 •




What Floors Work Best For Your Home Provided by Kenny Fuselier & Company If you’re looking to remodel your home and wanting a real wood floor without the real wood price and upkeep, there are several options to choose from. You can go with a luxury vinyl which comes in many different colors, textures and can also be glued or floated. These products are virtually water and damage proof and come at a much lower price than real wood although they look just as beautiful. If your preference is something a little sturdier, there are plenty of options of a wood-look ceramic or porcelain tile as well. However, if you would like to go with real wood, you could choose from many different collections such as maple, acacia, pine, oak, which are inspired by nature and come hand scraped or smooth surface.

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f you have recently purchased a new house and find yourself uninspired by stark walls and bland carpeting, it may be a good idea for you to hire a professional interior designer who can help you make your house feel like a home. Designers will work with you to ensure a gorgeous look that reflects the tastes and the interests of your family members. The benefits of hiring a designer are practically limitless.

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There are a few specific reasons why you would want to hire an interior designer to work on your home’s aesthetic appeal. Professional designers have years of educational training in their trade. They have spent years matching colors and palettes to create gorgeous homes in a variety of different areas. These professionals fully understand what looks good in a home and what to avoid. DESIGN & BUILD 2022 81

As a new homeowner, you may not know how to match or choose color or which patterns look right in a particular room. Because of this, your own DIY attempts may turn out unexpectedly and not accomplish the home appeal you desire.

HIRING AN INTERIOR DESIGNER MAKES DECORATING EASIER Hiring an interior designer is actually an easy and worthwhile task. The interior design specialist will work with you to get a feel for your interests and your design tastes. For example, the designer may ask you what colors you like and what type of overall look you are going for when it concerns your home. You may tell the designer that you are going for modern chic or more of a coastal vibe, depending on your interests and the area in which you are living. The professional will then be able to come up with a look that is unique to your tastes so that your home reflects these things. The interior designer will always shoot ideas and opinions your way before putting any of these things into the finished product. They will show you a room’s color scheme and their fabric choices

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Get Unmatched Service & Expertise When You Shop Local Provided by Joseph’s Electrical Center You’ve heard it before – shop local, support local businesses, keep your money in your local community. It may sound like a selfserving message coming from local business owners. But the benefit for you in supporting your local businesses is that these business owners and employees in the homebuilding industry in Lake Charles know about the products they sell far better than any online sales rep communicating to you via instant message (if you even get to communicate with someone online at all). Local sales reps can tell you which products aren’t as durable, and exactly what the finish in the online photo looks like because they have seen the product first hand. Not only that, but when you have an issue (like a defective product that came that way from the manufacturer), your contact at your local store will handle that headache for you rather than you having to make that phone call and send that email with all the product and order info. Also, local stores carry hard-to-find specialty items – because they are specialists at what they do. When you support your local businesses, those businesses will have the ability to be here to supply you with products you need right then – not a few days shipping away. Driving to Houston or Lafayette isn’t exactly how you want to spend your day in order to track down what you need, is it? Keep your money local and it will benefit you in more ways than you can imagine better service, expertise and a friendly face who understands what we’ve all been through together. Not to mention, shopping local keeps your fellow neighbors employed and your city thriving…and that’s something we can all get behind!

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Herman Brown Brick

Your source for brick, concrete blocks and fireplaces

We are your brick experts!

2020 Gerstner Memorial Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70601 n


(337) 439-1112


Why Brick is the Best Material to Build With Provided by Herman Brown Brick Brick remains the best material to build with. Brick walls insulate your home better than anything else. They keep homes warmer on the cold days and cooler on the hot ones helping you spend less money on your utility bills! Bricks age very slowly and can last for over 100 years. Some of the oldest buildings in the world are built from brick. Because of their slow aging you won’t find build up or stains any time soon. Bricks are very strong and durable making them very low maintenance. Bricks are a true classic, you can never go wrong with brick! No two brick walls are the same. You can use brick in any pattern, color, and size. They can be used to add texture inside your home on the walls and floors. Outdoors, you can use brick to lay walkways, garden beds, fire pits and more! Some other advantages of building with brick: • Heat resistant • Noise reduction • Weather proof • Economical • Reusable and recyclable • Design flexibility 80 DESIGN & BUILD 2022

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before they start painting the walls. This gives you a chance to tell the designer if the outcome is going to be something you will love or if you would like the interior design specialist to come up with another idea that better reflects your tastes.

SAVE MONEY ON INTERIOR DESIGN Hiring a professional interior design specialist is often quite affordable. There are a few things that designers can do for you. You can hire an interior designer to come up with a scheme for you and have their own workers do the hands on application to save time or you can hire a designer to just create a design scheme. This enables you to do all of the work yourself with your family so that you can save money. It is important that you speak with your designer to find out what they offer and what their prices are like. Do not be afraid to compare different designers, since all designers charge differently and all of them have their own unique design qualities.

RELAX AND ENJOY YOUR HOME After the interior designer finishes the project, you will be left with a home that is gorgeous and well-organized. You will find that it is more enjoyable to come home at night after a long day at work when you actually enjoy the way that your home looks. Entertaining guests can also be quite a thrill when the right type of interior design has been incorporated into the home. There is no reason for you and your loved ones to be stuck in a home that is brand new and blah. The right colors, textiles and design theme will make a huge impact on the way every room looks and ultimately how comfortable it is. Hiring a professional interior design specialist results in successful projects and a happy home.

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How to Choose What Type of Door is Best for Different Exposures? Provided by Creative Door & Window When choosing a door style, the location and exposure of the door unit must be taken into account. If your door does not have an overhang that hangs out equal in distance to the height of the door unit then that would be considered high exposure. Also which direction the door faces must be taken into account. Doors that face East or West will be subjected to the morning or evening sun and will likely have more trouble with the finish over time. The exposure to the elements will heavily affect your door and require more regular maintenance and refinishing, Below I am listing three exposure categories and I will make recommendations for each. HIGH EXPOSURE High exposure is when the overhang is not equal in distance to the height of the door, and direct East or West facing: In these applications, we highly recommend an all fiberglass or aluminum clad door unit. Also it would be far less maintenance to paint the units with a quality paint. Staining doors in a

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high exposure area usually requires extensive maintenance sometimes as often as bi-yearly. MEDIUM EXPOSURE Medium exposure is when the door is under a good overhang but still facing East or West: In this exposure a custom wood door will work just fine if painted. Staining will still require more regular maintenance issue due to the direct morning or evening sun although it can be done. Fiberglass doors or aluminum clad doors are great options here as well. MODERATE EXPOSURE Moderate exposure is when the door is under a deep porch facing North or South): This exposure opens up far more options. Staingrade wood doors, staingrade fiberglass doors, as well as any of those products in paint grade. The protection from the elements provides far more flexibility in materials and finishes.

B E S T. D E C I S I O N. E V E R. Creative Door & Window is a professional door and window supply company specializing in servicing home builders and homeowners in Southwest Louisiana and surrounding areas. We offer a wide range of products that can meet the needs of your commercial or residential project from several manufacturers. Our friendly sales staff professionals are ready to assist you with your project. With over 60 years of combined experience in the industry, we have the knowledge to help you make your project a success.

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5 Ways to Tackle Garage Clutter Provided by Louisiana Garage Solutions

OVERHEAD RACKS Overhead racks are storage racks that attach to the ceiling of your garage. They allow you to utilize the unused space above your garage door or other places on your garage ceiling to move storage bins off your floor and out of your way. These racks can hold up to 750 pounds and provide easy access to the items stored there.

MONKEY BAR SHELVING This is a shelving system that consists of shelving and racks to create long term and short-term storage by using the walls in your garage. Monkey Bar shelving can be used to store items that are seasonal in nature, like your holiday decorations. Every four feet of shelving can hold up to 1000 pounds. The Monkey Bar shelving system also utilizes a combination of bars and hooks which allows the owner to hang items used often in easy to reach places for quick access.

CABINETS Garage cabinets are a way to move your items off the garage floor and behind closed doors for a clean streamlined look. These cabinets are custom made for your garage and come in a wide variety of colors and styles, so no two garages will ever look the same. The cabinets can be customized with shelves, in cabinet brackets, drawers and storage bins to suit a variety of needs.

WALL ORGANIZERS Slat wall is a cellular PVC product that is durable, waterproof and stain resistant and is available in a variety of colors. Slat wall is used with a variety of hooks and accessories to hang a variety of items such as bicycles, chairs, ladders, lawn equipment, and even sporting equipment.

WORKBENCHES Custom designed and built work benches allow for a luxury look in your garage with a functioning workstation. Workbenches come with a variety of options for drawers and durable countertops.

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Garage Doors Add Value to Your Home Provided by A Door Works The fusion of imagination and vision will deliver “Wow” to your home. Your garage door is a significant impact on the curb appeal of your home. Garage doors can take up to 50% of the overall visual space of your home’s façade. A garage door will not only express your architectural design it will provide security and comfort from external elements. Clopay’s Avante door will transform your garage or living space into endless possibilities of design with elements of living in nature. The Avante is a full vision garage door with glass and aluminum frame options creating sleek, contemporary styles for your home. Clopay’s versatile Reserve Wood Modern doors let you mix materials, shape and tone to create stunning contemporary garage doors that blend beautifully with other woods and materials on your home’s exterior. The clean lines and simple forms allow the beauty of the natural wood to stand out. Our strategic partnership with Clopay as an authorized dealer sets A Door-Works apart from the rest. Our partnership allows us to deliver door options with customizations to help you create your homes aesthetic design. Clopay doors offer a wide range of design styles, material and color options, creating a beautiful new look with budget options. Whether you are building or remodeling, these garage doors will help your brilliant ideas and dreams become reality!

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Design Beyond Expectations! Provided by Wendalyn Design Consultant, LLC Taking time to listen and understand your client’s dream kitchen creates an ultimate satisfaction to help them open up their vision. When choosing your design consultant, find one who has experience. As the design is being sketched, the experience of excitement is continuous through the process of building to finishing the product. Even before a project starts,

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consider a design consultant who treats their employees with utmost respect. This rolls over to the client with exceptional customer service. Find one who has a passion for their work. A passion that brings her works to perfection. In the end you will not regret your decision in choosing someone with these characteristics that lead to that dream interior you envision!


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How to Choose a Front Door: Wood, Steel or Fiberglass Provided by Tri-Supply Home Products The right front door will add style, personality, and curb appeal to any home. With wood, steel, and fiberglass options, choosing the proper exterior doors for your home can feel intimidating. So whether you’re updating your entryway or changing out a back door, this helpful guide can help you decide which type of door will be perfect for your home.

WOOD DOORS PROS: A wood door’s natural beauty offers an inviting and matchless elegance that gives a home a distinct warmth and aesthetic appeal. Since wood doors can also be custom-built, unique designs, styles, and size options are almost endless. Depending on taste and style, wood doors can be made from various species such as mahogany, oak, birch, maple, fir, and pine.

CONS: Wood front doors are a gorgeous addition to any home, but they typically have a higher price tag than a fiberglass or steel door. A wood door will also require more maintenance than its counterparts. Wood doors can absorb moisture, which can cause warping, peeling, and even rotting. A porch or overhang is suggested to add extra protection from the elements. Also, compared to fiberglass or steel, wood is a slightly less energy-efficient option for an exterior door.

STEEL DOORS PROS: A steel door is the most economical choice for an exterior door. With the durability of steel doors, you’ll have less worry about warping and rotting. The pre-primed steel makes them easier to finish and requires very little maintenance to keep them lasting for years. A steel door’s energy-efficient core will also help keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, keeping your energy cost down.

CONS: There’s a lot to like about steel doors, but if you want a door with some texture, then wood or fiberglass will be your only options. Steel doors can be dented and scratched, which can lead to rusting if not addressed. Finally, steel doors are primarily made to be painted. If you’re looking for a door to stain, wood or fiberglass is the way to go.

FIBERGLASS DOORS PROS: Fiberglass doors have come a long way since they were first introduced. They are offered in either a smooth or woodgrain textured face, and with technological advances, even the keenest of eyes may not be able to tell a wood door from a textured fiberglass door. You can also get fiberglass doors made with specific wood grains such as mahogany, oak, cherry, knotty alder, etc. Check out GlassCraft’s decorative FiberCraft series, “A look so good; you’ll think it’s wood.” And just like a wood door, they can either be painted or stained. Not only are fiberglass doors the most energy-efficient door on the market, but they also require the least amount of maintenance. Unlike wood and steel doors, fiberglass is difficult to ding or scratch.

CONS: When it comes to fiberglass doors, it’s hard to find anything negative. A fiberglass door offers the best of both worlds, the beauty, and charm of a wood door along with the minimal maintenance and energy-efficiency of steel. They cost more than a steel door (for now) but are typically more economical than a wood door. The good news is, though, when you purchase a fiberglass door, you are buying a door for life. 96 DESIGN & BUILD 2022

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f you are like millions of other Americans, you are discovering that spending more vacation time at home can actually be fun. It can also save money, time and the headaches of traveling. If home vacations are in your future, rest assured it’s easy, and not as expensive as you might think, to transform your existing patio, deck or pool area into a mini retreat you will love. DESIGN & BUILD 2022 99

The Lake Area’s Source for

Granite, Marble, Stone & Quartz

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Investing in Natural Stone Countertops Provided by GMS Surfaces Investing in natural stone countertops is a long-term investment for your home. The choices and selections can be overwhelming but the natural beauty of stone will add warmth, character and a new level of elegance to any room. Once you’ve made your decision you will want to maintain it for lasting beauty. To get the longest life and preserve the beauty of your natural stone, follow these simple tips from the Natural Stone Institute: Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices While many natural stones can withstand heat, the use of trivets or mats is recommended especially on man-made surfaces such as quartz. Blot the spill with a paper towel immediately. Don’t wipe the area, it will spread the spill. Flush the area with water and mild soap and rinse several times. Dry the area thoroughly with a soft cloth. Repeat as necessary. Many suppliers offer products used for stone cleaning. Look for cleaning products specific to your type of stone and follow the directions. Products containing lemon, vinegar or other acids may dull or etch calcareous stones, scouring powders or creams often contain abrasives and may scratch certain stones. For more information, check out the website for the Natural Stone Institute for more detailed care and cleaning directions. Do the research and your natural stone countertops could last a lifetime. 98 DESIGN & BUILD 2022

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When creating a resort-style backyard, you might think the place to begin is by adding costly designer patio furniture or lounge chairs that quickly lose their luster by the following season. However, investing in a good lighting scheme can actually enhance your existing furniture and amenities and create an evening “mood” that is relaxing and comfortable. Start by defining your priorities. Rather than illuminating everything in your yard, decide what areas you want to focus on like paths, seating and ornamental landscape. Perhaps you have a grand oak tree that is the centerpiece of your yard that you would like to highlight, or you need good lighting around your pool for evening swims. Generally, you should begin your lighting plan close to the house where most of the action is and move outward. It’s also important to remember that a little light goes a long way. Too many lights are not cost effective and aren’t necessary. A lighting professional can help you decide where to place your lights based on the effect you want to achieve. Creating a beautiful, well-lit landscape doesn’t have to be expensive, and no lawn is too small. A few well-placed, low-voltage lights can have a huge impact on your landscape, and this type of lighting is inexpensive, safe and relatively easy to install. You can also add to it in the future if you start with a transformer that is large enough. If you plan to expand your lighting scheme at some point, choose a transformer that is two to three times the amount of wattage you need at first. You will only pay for

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the energy consumed by the fixtures you have installed, but you have the option to increase your usage as you add features, like a fountain or new flower bed. Nowadays, you have plenty options when choosing outdoor fixtures. Taking cues from the design scheme of your indoor spaces, look for light fixtures that support your home’s style. Also, choose the best quality and wellconstructed fixtures that you can afford. Outdoor lighting can actually last for decades if you select quality products. If not, you may end up having to replace lights every couple of years, which will cost you more in the long run. There are other ways to save money on outdoor lighting. Lights with photocells sense daylight, so they turn on and off automatically in relation to sunlight. A timer can be used to set the lights to turn on at specific times, and can even be combined with a photocell to make sure you always have light even on darker days. Low-voltage halogen lighting and LED light sources are less expensive to operate than a typical incandescent linevoltage system. The average lifespan of a well-made LED light source can exceed 12 years of average nightly use. If you really want a lighting scheme in which every evening feels like a vacation, enlist the help of a professional. Their knowledge of light output, fixtures, transformer wattage and energy saving products will help you become the envy of all your neighbors.

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Bon Temps Pools is excited to begin servicing the Lake Charles area! If you’re dreaming of creating your own outdoor paradise, we want you to think of Bon Temps! We can turn your visions of a custom gunite pool, along with a state of the art outdoor kitchen, into reality. Call now to setup a free consultation

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Never Live Without Power Again! Provided by GoGEN Living in Southwest Louisiana we are no strangers to severe weather. Any home can lose power, especially when it comes to storms. Any kind of storm can knock out your utility power. Power outages can last from several hours to several weeks. Being prepared is the best way to keep your home and your family safe. Who wants to live without power? Do you remember what it was like without power for many weeks after Hurricane Laura? Whole home generators hook up to your main utilities incoming service. Using portable generators requires refueling. With a whole home generator you can skip the long lines at the gas stations. Having a whole home generator gives you peace of mind even before power outages. A transfer switch recognizes when your powersource is interrupted and automatically turns on power to your home, and recognizes when power has been reestablished by your utility company, and will automatically turn off. Your whole home can be powered by a single generator. If you or a loved one is reliant on medical devices such as a heart monitor, electric chair, or oxygen tank a generator could be the lifesaving tool needed during a power outage. Your refrigerators and freezers will continue to operate and eliminate costly spoilage. A whole home generator can be installed with one simple call. There is no need to call general contractors, plumbers, or electricians to install your new whole home generator. One supplier can do it all. CAUTION: improper installation may cause serious damage to your home including fires which is why you must trust professionals. Along with installation another vital service that can be provided by some suppliers is 24-hour monitoring and maintenance. Your generator levels and overall maintenance can be checked from multiple locations. Your provider will know if there is a problem before you do, reducing your wait time for repairs.

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Decorative Hardware Fit to Your Taste Provided by Davis Decorative Hardware

YOUR OWN STYLE Building or remodeling a new home can be a very stressful process and choosing your interior hardware is usually the last thing there is to do before it is completely finished. It really helps to have a design consultant with you through this process. They can help with all of the different options which include, cabinets knobs or pulls, door knobs or levers, electronic products, and then all of the different finishes. All of these things are able to show off your own personal style in your own home.

NEW TRENDS There are always certain trends that you pick up on as they are happening especially when it comes to decorative hardware. One trend we are seeing involves electronic deadbolts and handlesets. They’ve become so popular because they are able to connect to iPhones and Androids for convenience and a modern look to your home. Another trend that seems to be happening more and more often is customers choosing to use pulls for both cabinet doors and drawers, completely excluding cabinet knobs from their kitchens and bathrooms. Also, do not be afraid to mix finishes. Having a combination of different finishes in a space can add good dimension to the room while not being too busy. A good example of this would be satin brass products looking great with matte black or polished nickel products. DESIGN & BUILD 2022 105


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Nestled on the quiet waters of the lake sits one of the lake areas newest jewels. This “Ike” Capdevielle original was the last home plan the late great architect was working on when he passed and leaves yet another one of his wonderful marks on the Louisiana landscape. Upon finding the perfect lot for their family in the Graywood Development, the clients set out to build a home that would be both timeless and honoring of our rich Louisiana Architecture. They enlisted the services of Mr Capdevielle and methodically and precisely combed through all of the details for their dream home. From there, they set out to find their partner in building and enlisted the services of LaRocque Homes as their builder. Kyle LaRocque, owner of LaRocque Homes, says “building this amazing home with such a wonderful family was and is one of the highlights of his career”.

Reclaimed beams, ceiling treatments, cypress doors, and custom millwork/cabinets are the exclamation point to this stunning beauty.

With its spacious near 10,000 square feet footprint of indoor/ outdoor spaces, this home boasts a space for every member of the family as well as their guests! The interior courtyard of the home honors New Orleans and invites all to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening. The outdoor living space overlooking the marsh demands your attention year round, and with its outdoor kitchen, wood burning fireplace and multiple covered areas is an entertainer’s dream! The interior of the home features 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, an amazing kitchen, wet bar, study and game room..all with custom touches from the builder and client at every turn. DESIGN & BUILD 2022 107




The Best Choice of Furniture for You? Provided by Real Wood Furniture & Mattress

WHY BUY SOLID WOOD? There are innumerable reasons to buy solid wood furniture, starting with the fact that it holds up in all kinds of weather! Particle board, composite wood, or lesser types of furniture made with little to no quality can, in the long run, end up costing quite a bit because of the replacement costs. As costs rise, we need to make investments in things that will last strongly through the years to come. There are so many different options for your home décor, from unfinished, DIY furniture choices, to the quality, factory finished pieces in such a wide variety of finishes. WHY BUY AMISH FURNITURE? They offer a huge selection of wood types, custom made and hand crafted. Amish furniture lends itself to top notch quality in the fact that each piece is a one-of-a-kind piece due to being hand hewn, hand built and finished to fit exactly what our customer orders. Amish furniture is 100% solid wood, unique and rare, exotic wood choices and again…Made In America! HOW TO FINISH FURNITURE It only takes (3) main steps…Sanding, staining/painting and finishing.

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To begin the process, start by sanding the wood with a 120 grit sand paper and always sand with the grain. This will prepare the wood to receive the stain properly. Before moving to step 2, wipe or brush off all wood particles thoroughly. For the second step, choose a water based or oil based stain and be sure to stir the stain well. NEVER shake the can because you don’t want bubbles to form. To apply the well mixed stain, you can use a bristle brush, sponge brush or lintfree rag and wipe off the stain as soon as it’s applied to your surface. Let this coat dry for as long as the stain instructions say, and if you want a darker shade, apply a second coat. After your stain has dried, you’ll notice the grain of wood has raised. This needs to dry completely and then do a very light handed sanding to get the wood smooth again. That’s highly recommended. Then on to your final step, the finish. There is a variety of ways to seal your piece of furniture. You may choose to use either oil based or water based clear polyurethane or a type of shellac. Never use a paint roller for clear finishing wood. You may want to use either a sponge or soft bristle brush for your application of clear coats. Always apply at least 2 and preferable 3 coats of clear finish to your pieces of furniture for durability, always sanding lightly and dusting between every coat. Now step back and admire your handiwork!


Real Wood Furniture, formerly Bare Wood Furniture, still carries the concept of quality, solid wood furniture along with excellent customer satisfaction. Offering factory finishes and a wide variety of styles makes Real Wood Furniture an enjoyable way to own quality, durable, sturdy solid wood furniture!

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Home Remodeling Boom Continues Post-Pandemic By Home Builders Association of SWLA


ith increased home values, a growing number of home owners are flush with home equity and are eager to re-invest in home improvements. COVID-19 sparked a demand for remodeling projects (e.g., home offices, gyms and outdoor living spaces) and those trends have continued even as the pandemic subsides.

“Extended time at home meant home owners focused on projects that may have [otherwise] been put off,” said Kurt Clason, the 2022 National Home Builders Association (NAHB) Remodelers Chair. “Many decided to stay in their homes longer, seeking out aging-in-place or universal design projects. As a result, our industry has not just survived the pandemic, but it has thrived.” Quarterly surveys conducted by NAHB throughout the past year confirm that as home prices and interest rates rise, prospective buyers are increasingly losing steam with their home search and opting to stay put. Luckily, with recent advancements in building products and techniques, it’s never been easier for home owners to infuse new life into an existing property. And not all remodeling projects are as intensive and visible as renovating a full kitchen or bathroom. Sometimes, the smaller upgrades can make a big impact – especially those that make your home “smarter,” for example:

Smart Security The options for smart-home security systems are perhaps more plentiful than in any other category of home technology. Home owners now can easily monitor nearly every inch of their home, and that includes the garage: Several garage door opener manufactures have created dual-purpose openers that feature built-in cameras and two-way audio communication. This improves security in what is often an overlooked space of the home. And some models integrate with Amazon Key for convenient and secure in-garage deliveries of packages and groceries.

Smart Plumbing Water damage can be a home owner’s worst nightmare. Failed plumbing can happen at any time and often with little or no warning. Even in existing homes that are relatively new, having an integrated water monitoring system will provide significant peace of mind. Some of the latest — and relatively inexpensive — plumbing products will send ultrasonic sound waves through a home’s main water line to measure water flow. If potential problems are detected, alerts will be immediately sent to the home owner. Customizable features can also be set to automatically shut off the main water line, if desired.

Smart Lighting One of the more crowd-pleasing features of a smart home is also one that can be among the most affordable and easy to install: automated illumination. But lighting isn’t just about bulbs, cans, fixtures and blinds. There are other “behind-the-scenes” smart devices such as dimmers, switches and receptacles that can be installed quickly to enhance — and automate — devices in any room of the home. The key is to determine early on which technology platform you prefer, ensuring optimal compatibility among your devices and minimizing the need to install additional hubs. With a seemingly endless variety of new smart-home products to choose from, it’s important to define your preferences and priorities before you begin. Your best bet is to enlist the expertise of a professional remodeler who can help walk you through the process. To find a professional remodeler in your area, contact Home Builders Association of SWLA or visit us at 110 DESIGN & BUILD 2022


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337 Builders, LLC. 5 Ryder Construction ACM Development A-Tek Home Solutions Abshire Vinyl Siding Co. LLC Aggressive Construction AJT Construction All Phase Maintenance Corp Alpha Construction & Property Management, LLC American Builders, LLC American Gutter Company, LLC Armentor Builders LLC Ave Maria Contractors B&B Homes Sulphur LA, LLC Benoit Builders LLC Best Buy Industries Big City Builders Big League Site Services LLC Blue Ox Construction LLC Bradley Design Build, LLC Brandt Pedersen Construction Brother’s Construction Co Bryan Galley Builders Bucky Young Builders C & C Lakehomes, LLC C E Remodeling LLC Carl Hardy Construction, Inc Cassell Signature Homes Chuck Pierson Construction Construction By Tony Couillon Construction LLC Curry Properties LLC D & R Quality Homes LLC D and J Builders LLC D. F. Development, LLC Daigle Construction & Development, LLC Dalovisio Construction LLC Delta Development Denison Builders Inc DLH Construction, LLC Doxey Construction Dreamcatcher Construction LLC DSLD Homes, LLC Edwin Reese Construction, Inc Elite Specialty Contractors LLC Emerge Construction Group LLC Fairman Contractors LLC FD Hoffpauir Construction Fender Homes Finish Co LLC Flavin Construction Freeland Home Builders Fuselier Builders Gary Donaldson Construction LLC Gary Scott Hammond Contractors, LLC Glenn Vanicor Builders Grant Construction LLC GUNCO LLC Gunter Construction, Inc Hagen Homes, Inc Heritage Builders, LLC. Hero Design & Const, LLC. H & E Homes and Development LLC HK Home Solutions LLC Home & Land Improvements LLC Howard Construction LLC Hunt V Construction LLC J D Guillory Construction, LLC. J. Oliver Construction, LLC Jade’s Custom Carpentry LLC JAI Construction LLC James Fontenot Construction James Turner Jason Mallett Construction, LLC Jason Roussell Construction, LLC. Jason Smith Construction JC Homes & Development Jerry Trahan Construction JG Development JK Custom Homes JKA Custom Homes John D Myers & Associates John Hardy Construction Jones & Associates Development JW Romero Construction JWTC-Louisiana, LLC K & J Development of SWLA, LLC Karl Arceneaux Construction Inc. Key Vision Development King Construction Kraus Construction, Inc. L & F Construction LA Truss LLC Lake Charles Construction, LLC. Lake City Development, LLC Larocque Homes & Outdoor Living Lavine Contracting Company Legends Development, LLC Lentz Development & Construction, LLC Lewing Construction Linder Construction LMP Development LLC Ly Jack LLC M Family Construction LLC

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LAND SURVEYOR Reddoch Surveying

(337) 491-9520


(337) 905-0007

LANDSCAPING The Grounds Guys of Lake Charles

(337) 888-4020

LAW FIRMS Gauthier Murphy & Houghtaling LLC Merlin Law Group Richard Law Firm

(504) 456-8649 (813) 295-5380 (337) 494-1900

LAWN & GARDEN Stine Lumber

(337) 527-6732

LIGHTING Joseph’s Electrical Center Inc Teche Electric & Lighting Stine Lumber

(337) 436-4930 (337) 436-6676 (337) 527-6732

LUMBER Griffith Lumber Co Kingsley’s Building Solutions LLC Southern Forest Products Assoc Stine Lumber Williams Wood

(337) 734-2244 (304) 923-6716 (504) 443-4464 (337) 527-6732 (337) 515-6996

METAL BUILDINGS Lewing Construction Progressive Buildings Inc. Taylor Aluminum The Metal Guys LLC

(337) 527-9710 (337) 582-1632 (337) 855-2778 (808) 561-8306

MINING Coastal King Clay

(337) 540-0681

HOME DECOR Stine Lumber TRI SUPPLY INSULATION Insulation Guys LLC Southern Energy Products INSURANCE ANCCIW Group, LLC BancorpSouth Insurance First Federal Insurance Services, LLC Glenn Dean Insurance Insurance Unlimited Louisiana Companies Lyons Insurance, Inc McElveen Insurance Shaw Day Insurance Agency The Firm of La. P&C, LLC

MITIGATION/REMEDIATION - WATER & MOLD ACM Development (337) 905-0007 Park Group Construction (337) 234-7659 NON-PROFIT Better Business Bureau Davidson Foundation

(337) 478-6513 (337) 529-6710

OUTDOOR BUILDINGS & OUTDOOR SPACES Atomic Aarons Outdoor Services LLC (337) 353-6723 Busch Fireplace Patio & Decor (337) 295-9985 Cajun Outdoor Paradise Products (337) 540-4562 Ranger Building LLC (337) 302-7048 (225) 910-6801 Stine Lumber (337) 527-6732 TRI SUPPLY (337) 703-7267

Redd Properties ReMax Realty Pros SWLA Association of Realtors Tony Palermo Real Estate & Dev, LLC

REPAIR & REMODELING Andrews Construction (916) 410-1931 C E Remodeling LLC (337) 532-6952 CK Services LLC (337) 540-5139 Corey Landry & Company LLC (225) 603-6846 Earl Bruton Ryder, Jr (337) 526-5804 Falcon Construction & Development LLC (225) 268-7089 Finish Co LLC (337) 499-3463 J&M Renovation LLC (225) 433-2285 JAH Services and Remodeling (832) 232-2438 JW Romero Construction (337) 515-7865 KR Services LLC (337) 532-8168 Key Vision Development (337) 446-2696 LeJeune’s Home Improvement (337) 526-7400 Ly Jack LLC (337) 459-8751 Montes Remodeling Group LLC (571) 262-1870 Ogea Construction (337) 526-1264 RDR Masonry LLC (337) 302-9778 Redditt Development, LLC (337) 249-0781 Renew Remodeling (337) 802-3878 Robbins Remodeling (337) 397-8862 Robert Quincy Collins (337) 936-1636 Royal Construction & Remodeling, Inc. (337) 936-1714 Still Signature Homes (337) 496-5131 SWLA Constructors & Development, LLC (337) 467-5112 Time Machine Contracting & Restoration of LA LLC (337) 499-4489 Trouth Building & Remodeling, LLC (337) 855-6645 RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT Mausan Development

(337) 309-7201


(337) 905-0007


(337) 439-9710

ROOFING CONTRACTOR Barry McManus Duque Roofing Inc. Lake Area Roofing, LLC Quick Roofing LLC Showtime Roofing LLC

(337) 526-6900 (337) 438-1850 (337) 417-9588 (337) 429-2434 (337) 717-0070


(337) 391-1325

SECURITY SYSTEM SUPPLIER Acadian Total Security Red Alert Security Systems

(855) 222-3426 (337) 855-7787

SHEET METAL CONTRACTORS J & R Sheet Metal JRG Metal Works LLC Trouth AC & Sheet Metal

(337) 515-7482 (337) 842-1253 (337) 527-8687

SIDING CONTRACTOR Genesis Construction

(337) 438-3889

TELECOMMUNICATIONS CONTRACTOR Louisiana Radio Communications, Inc Suddenlink Communications

(337) 436-7573 (337) 562-5126

TITLE COMPANIES Landmark Title Services of Lake Charles Standard Title

(337) 477-8782 (337) 564-6977

TOOLS Stine Lumber

(337) 527-6732

UTILITY SERVICES/GAS COMPANIES Centerpoint Energy Entergy Lake Arthur Butane/Propane Co Southern Electric Suddenlink Communications

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PAINTERS, PAINT & SUPPLIES C & S Enterprises, LLC Carriers Painting LLC Diez Drywall & Painting Sherwin Williams Stine Lumber

(337) 794-5559 (337) 329-5819 (337) 488-9368 (337) 244-9676 (337) 527-6732

PEST CONTROL J & J Exterminating Terminix

(337) 474-7377 (337) 661-1007

PLUMBERS Bonvillain Plumbing, LLC Dautriel Plumbing Lake Area Plumbing Pesson Plumbing & Heating Co Inc Pintail Plumbing

(337) 725-6158 (337) 433-9363 (337) 478-5811 (318) 477-1283 (337) 526-5511

PLUMBING SUPPLIES The Plumbing Warehouse/LCR Stine Lumber

(337) 439-9424 (337) 527-6732

(337) 527-6732 (337) 703-7267

PORTABLE BUILDINGS High Point Portable Buildings & Carports

(337) 438-9444

(337) 349-1678 (337) 462-5337


(855) 775-2267 (800) 864-5387

PRESSURE WASHING Lake Area Pressure Washing

(337) 489-2801

WINDOW TREATMENTS Budget Blinds Landmark Window & Doors Stine Lumber


(337) 625-3333

WOOD WORK Custom Millwork


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(337) 905-0007


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REAL ESTATE Century 21 Bessette Century 21 Mike D Bono & Co New Wave Properties Nothnagel LLC

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INTERIOR DESIGNER Ave Maria Const. & Design, Inc. Posh Exclusive Interiors Silver Spoon Interiors, LLC

(337) 625-8265 (337) 261-3344 (337) 477-2167

IRRIGATION McMillian Irrigation LLC

(337) 375-2113

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The SWLA Economic Development Alliance serves the five parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis Parishes with an array of services to grow our economy and improve the quality of life for all residents. The Alliance umbrella includes The Chamber SWLA, which is comprised of businesses and industries of all sizes. As the voice for business, The Chamber SWLA advocates for our members on the local, state, and federal level. As one of the largest Chambers in the state, The Chamber SWLA has earned Five Star accreditation, placing it in the top 1% of all chambers nationwide. The SWLA Alliance Foundation is a 501c3 organization which funds economic development for the region. Funded by nearly one hundred investors, public and private, The Foundation is the only organization focused on growth by recruiting and retaining businesses and industries. Workforce issues are handled by the Alliance team working with McNeese State University, SOWELA Technical Community College, and the high schools in the five parishes. Quality of Life is a major issue in attracting and retaining workers for our region’s industry. The Quality of Life Task Force is concerned about issues that detract from the area. The SWLA Alliance has been ranked in the Top 10 Economic Development Organizations in the 114 DESIGN & BUILD 2022

nation by Site Selection magazine four times in in the last several years. The outlook for our region even during hurricane recovery rebuilding, is strong for new industrial projects in the LNG, petrochemical, and timber sectors. SWLA’s Casino Resorts are attracting thousands of folks each week into our area. The medical community is growing and offers many advanced medical services. The Aviation sector is getting larger with companies such as Northrop Grumman and Citadel Completions at Chennault Industrial Airpark. The area’s six ports including The Port of Lake Charles are economic drivers which are key to the growth of the area. The Alliance also operates the region’s only Business Incubator at The SEED Center. This is a facility for start-up companies to be housed in a professional environment so they can work on making their business successful. Assisting with all aspects of starting a business, The Incubator is geared for your success. Economic information about our region is available at The Alliance. We want to partner with you in achieving your goals, whether a start- up, or a seasoned business. For information on any of our services visit or call 337-433-3632. DESIGN & BUILD 2022 111

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AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING Deep South Mechanical ..............................45 Lake Area HVAC .......................................... 115 Stine Home & Yard .......................................21 APPLIANCES Coburn Supply Company............................61 Stine Home & Yard .......................................21 Tri Supply .......................................................... 97 AUDIO, VIDEO, & HOME TECHNOLOGY Smart AV............................................................49 BANKS & HOME MORTGAGES CSE Federal Credit Union ............................22 First Federal Bank of LA ................................. 5 JD Bank................................................................. 3 Lakeside Bank ............................................... 115 Merchants & Farmers ................................ 115 Sabine State Bank ..........................................55 BLINDS, SHUTTERS, & SHADES Budget Blinds ..................................................25 Gulf Coast Flooring & Home Decor........42 Kenny Fuselier .................................................80 Stine Home & Yard ....................................... 21 BRICK SUPPLIERS Herman Brown Brick .....................................85 Mike Baker Brick .............................................62 BUILDERS Bryan Galley ........................................................9 Farquhar Construction ................................. 27 Fender Homes ................................................. 69 LaRocque Homes .................................... 10-11 Michael J Dupin Construction ................... 15 Picou Builders .................................................. 19 Robbins Contracting ..................................... 13 Still Signature Homes ................................... 23 BUILDING MATERIALS Home Building Materials ...............................5 Stine Home & Yard ....................................... 21 CABINETS/CABINETRY Farquhar Cabinetry ........................................ 26 LaRocque Cabinetry ...................................... 12 Stine Home & Yard ....................................... 21 Wendalyn Design ........................................... 95 COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION Lewing Construction ...................................115 CONCRETE CONTRACTORS Dunham Price .....................................................3 Port Aggregates ............................................. 26 CONCRETE & LIMESTONE SUPPLIES Dunham Price .....................................................3 Port Aggregates ............................................. 26 COUNTERTOPS Browne-Stewart Company ......................... 48 GMS Surfaces................................................... 99 Gulf Coast Floors & Home Decor ............ 42 Stine Home & Yard ....................................... 21 DIRT WORK/LAND CLEARING Brandt Pedersen Construction ..................43 DISPOSAL BP Disposal ....................................................... 43 DRYWALL Diamond Drywall............................................ 73 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SWLA Economic Development Alliance ....114 EXTERMINATORS/PEST CONTROL J&J Exterminating .............................................7 Mosquito Authority ....................................... 14 116 DESIGN & BUILD 2022



FLOORING GMS Surfaces................................................... 99 Gulf Coast Floors & Home Decor ............ 42 Kenny Fuselier ................................................. 80 Moss Bluff Floors............................................ 12 Stine Home & Yard ....................................... 21 GARAGE DOORS A Door Works .................................................. 93 Overhead Doors ............................................. 40



MORTGAGE COMPANY Louisiana Mortgage Associates ................BC MOSQUITO CONTROL J&J Exterminating .............................................7 Mosquito Authority ....................................... 14 NATURAL GAS CenterPoint Energy ....................................... 79

GARAGE FLOORS/ORGANIZATION Louisiana Garage Solutions........................ 91

OUTDOOR LIVING Stine Home & Yard ....................................... 21 Tri Supply .......................................................... 97

GENERATORS GoGEN .............................................................. IBC Ready Power USA .............................................1 Stine Home & Yard ....................................... 21

PAINTERS, PAINT & SUPPLIES Diamond Drywall............................................ 73 South City Paint & Supplies ....................... 46 Stine Home & Yard ....................................... 21

HARDWARE Stine Home & Yard ....................................... 21

PLUMBING SUPPLIES & FIXTURES Coburn Supply Company............................61 Stine Home & Yard ....................................... 21 Tri Supply .......................................................... 97

HOME AUTOMATION SYSTEMS Smart AV............................................................ 49 HOME DECOR Coburn Supply Company............................ 61 Gulf Coast Floors & Home Decor ............ 42 Stine Home & Yard ....................................... 21 HOME HARDWARE Browne-Stewart Company ......................... 48 Davis Decorative Hardware ......................105 Stine Home & Yard ....................................... 21 Tri Supply .......................................................... 97 HOME IMPROVEMENT SUPPLIES ABC Supply Co ................................................ 33 Home Building Materials ...............................5 Stine Home & Yard ....................................... 21

POST/PRE CONSTRUCTION TERMITE CONTROL/FUMIGATION J&J Exterminating .............................................7 REAL ESTATE Century 21 Bessette ......................................22 REMODELING/RESTORATION Genesis ...............................................................64 Still Signature Homes ................................... 23 RVS Great American RV Superstores ............. IFC SITE WORK Brandt Pedersen Construction ..................43

INSULATION Rader’s Insulation........................................... 57

SMART HOMES Smart AV............................................................49

INSURANCE First Federal Bank of LA ............................... 14 The Firm of Louisiana ................................... 41

STONE SUPPLIER Calcasieu Stone...............................................29

INTERIOR DESIGNERS Posh Exclusive Interiors ...............................37 Wendalyn Design ........................................... 95 JEWELRY & ANTIQUES Francis Fitzgerald ...........................................31 KITCHEN & BATH Browne-Stewart Company ......................... 48 Coburn Supply Company............................ 61 Gulf Coast Floors & Home Decor ............ 42 Moss Bluff Floors............................................ 12 Stine Home & Yard ....................................... 21 Tri Supply .......................................................... 97

SWIMMING POOLS Bon Temps Pools & Outdoor Living .... 103 Pro Pools ...........................................................59 Sabine Pools.....................................................77 TITLE COMPANIES Cypress Title .....................................................63 Lake Charles Title ...........................................87 Landmark Title.................................................47 TOOLS Stine Home & Yard ....................................... 21 TRIM WORK Wendalyn Design ........................................... 95

LANDSCAPING The Grounds Guys .........................................18

WINDOWS & DOORS Classic Doors of Louisiana LLC .................35 Creative Door & Window............................89 Stine Home & Yard ....................................... 21 Tri Supply .......................................................... 97

LAWN & GARDEN Stine Home & Yard ....................................... 21

WINDOW & DOOR REPLACEMENT Resolute Window & Door Replacement ...17

LIGHTING & LIGHTING FIXTURES Coburn Supply Company............................61 Joseph’s Electric .............................................. 83 Stine Home & Yard ....................................... 21 Teche Lighting.................................................75 Tri Supply .......................................................... 97

WOOD FURNITURE Real Wood Furniture ...........................................109

LAND SURVEYORS American Surveyors ......................................28

LUMBER Home Building Materials ...............................5 Stine Home & Yard ....................................... 21

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